The Maine Connectivity Authority (MCA) was established in 2021 and charged with the goal achieving universal access of affordable high-speed broadband in Maine. Broadband access varies significantly across geographic areas and is generally worse in rural areas than in more developed areas.
With rare exceptions, the internet that reaches your house must travel through a series of connections along existing roadways. The speed of the connection depends on a variety of factors, including the age of the infrastructure and the distance your signal must travel. The map on the right shows the differing levels of internet speed across Maine.
In general, the blue areas indicate fast enough internet speed to conceivably work or study from home, whereas the red areas represent parts of the state that may not have sufficient connection to access the same resources and opportunities that a faster internet connection could facilitate.
The MCA is focused on three strategic areas:
To be effective in addressing the State’s connectivity needs there needs to be continuous interaction between the Projects and mechanisms that enable impact; Place-based investments that enable last mile connectivity through a clear and constant process, and an ongoing focus on how funding, process, and priorities link to and leverage the People in most need.
The interactive map below illustrates levels of internet connectivity across Maine counties. Select a county and tier of internet access to compare service in your local community vs. elsewhere in the state.
To see examples of recommended access speeds based on internet usage and size of household, visit the FCC website here.
Have questions about internet access in your area? You can reach the Maine Connectivity Authority here.
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Select a county to change geographic focus of the map on the right. Select a data source to view different layers on top of the map.
Internet speeds by county and tier