Broadband Connectivity

Broadband in Maine has improved, but speed, reliability, and affordability need to improve.

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Benchmark: 95% of Maine homes and businesses will have access to high-speed internet by 2025.

Overview Fig. A Fig. B

Overview

High-speed internet is vital to participation in the global economy and modern society and is critical for communities seeking to attract and retain businesses and residents. COVID reinforced this in stark terms. Having reliable, fast internet became essential for professionals and students working and learning from home, often at the same time.

The ConnectME authority defines sufficient “high-speed” internet as 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload (“100/100”). The Council endorses ConnectME’s goal of 95% of Maine locations (homes, apartments, and businesses) having access to 100/100 by 2025.

According to the most recent data, just 18% of Maine locations have access to 100/100. Seventy-one percent have access to speeds of 50/10 or better but less than 100/100, and 12% can only access internet below 50/100.

Access varies greatly across Maine. Over 40% of locations in Lincoln, Knox, Piscataquis, and Waldo counties have access to 100/100, compared to less than 10% in Cumberland, Franklin, Androscoggin, and Kennebec.

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Percentage of Maine Locations with Internet Access

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High-Speed Internet Service by County (100 Mbps download/upload)