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Internet Service in Maine

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Internet Access in Maine

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Coverage by County

Maine Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
86.6%
86.6% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
4.5%
4.5% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

48.9

43rd

Broadband Speeds

91.9%

of Mainers have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

4.4%

of Mainers have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

99.2%

of Mainers have access to wireline service.

6.3%

of Mainers have access to fiber-optic service.

90.4%

of Mainers have access to cable service.

95.7%

of Mainers have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In Maine

Coverage by County in Maine

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Androscoggin 99.8%
Aroostook 88.5%
Cumberland 99.8%
Franklin 90.8%
Hancock 90.8%
Kennebec 99.4%
Knox 97.5%
Lincoln 97.5%
Oxford 88.8%
Penobscot 92.9%
Piscataquis 81.3%
Sagadahoc 98.4%
Somerset 90.8%
Waldo 76.8%
Washington 90.0%
York 99.5%

Internet Speed in Top Maine Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Portland 50.9 MBPS 21 Providers
2. Bangor 47.8 MBPS 17 Providers
3. Lewiston 43.1 MBPS 15 Providers
4. Waterville 51.5 MBPS 15 Providers
5. Augusta 43.7 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Maine

Provider Avg. Download Speed
XFINITY from Comcast 105.4 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 62.0 MBPS
GWI 21.3 MBPS
TDS Telecom 17.9 MBPS
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) 17.2 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Maine, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

Ranking 43rd in the US in terms of broadband access, Maine lag behinds the majority of the states. Maine’s counties have fairly even high-speed coverage, with the exception of the central-most county of Piscataquis, which has comparatively lower coverage. While this northeasternmost state has relatively widespread broadband coverage, its average download speed of 82.8 Mbps remains lower than most states, and even with these lower speeds, the cost of internet in Maine is relatively high.

The Digital Divide in Maine

In Maine, there lies a digital divide between residents who have access to high-speed, low-priced internet services and those who do not. This technological inequality can be seen in the following data.

When it comes to high-speed broadband, 95.3% of Mainers have access to a wired connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. Still, 35,000 people in Maine are left without a broadband connection capable of the same speeds, and another 12,000 people are unable to get wired internet services at all at their place of residence. Additionally, 137,000 Mainers have access to only one wired provider at their home, despite the fact that there are 83 internet providers currently operating within Maine.

As for internet cost in Maine, affordability data shows that a mere 4.5% of the state’s residents have access to a low-priced internet plan, costing $60 or less per month. This figure is drastically lower than the national average of 51.5% of Americans with access to the same.

Best-Connected Cities

A few of Maine’s cities are better off when it comes to broadband access than the rest. The five cities with the best mix of internet coverage, speed, and pricing in Maine are Kittery Point, Eliot, Springvale, Sanford, and Lebanon, with Kittery Point ranking as the best-connected city in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the flip side, the worst-connected cities in Maine are Cliff Island, Monhegan, West Forks, Wesley, and Waite, with Cliff Island ranking as the worst-connected city in the state.

Read more on how Maine stacks up against other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, almost $5 million in federal grants has been awarded to the state of Maine’s Connect ME initiative, which aims to “facilitate the universal availability of broadband to all Maine households and businesses and help them understand the valuable role it can play in enriching their lives and helping their communities thrive.”

An additional $25,402,904 in federal grant funding has gone toward fueling the development of broadband infrastructure within Maine.

The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Maine Cities

Average speed over time
Alfred 99.8% 15 providers
Auburn 100.0% 15 providers
Augusta 100.0% 17 providers
Bangor 100.0% 17 providers
Bar Harbor 99.1% 14 providers
Bath 98.8% 15 providers
Belfast 93.1% 16 providers
Berwick 99.9% 10 providers
Biddeford 100.0% 16 providers
Brewer 100.0% 17 providers
Bridgton 100.0% 13 providers
Brunswick 99.6% 15 providers
Bucksport 97.9% 13 providers
Buxton 100.0% 10 providers
Camden 100.0% 11 providers
Cape Elizabeth 100.0% 15 providers
Caribou 96.0% 14 providers
Casco 100.0% 9 providers
Cumberland Center 100.0% 14 providers
Dexter 94.7% 11 providers
Dover Foxcroft 92.2% 11 providers
Eliot 99.9% 12 providers
Ellsworth 97.0% 18 providers
Fairfield 100.0% 13 providers
Falmouth 100.0% 15 providers
Farmington 93.9% 11 providers
Fort Kent 93.6% 10 providers
Freeport 99.9% 13 providers
Fryeburg 93.7% 8 providers
Gardiner 100.0% 14 providers
Gorham 100.0% 15 providers
Gray 100.0% 12 providers
Greene 99.6% 12 providers
Hampden 99.0% 15 providers
Harpswell 97.9% 9 providers
Holden 73.1% 13 providers
Hollis Center 100.0% 9 providers
Houlton 90.6% 11 providers
Jay 100.0% 9 providers
Kennebunk 100.0% 16 providers
Kennebunkport 100.0% 14 providers
Kittery 96.1% 13 providers
Lebanon 99.5% 9 providers
Lewiston 100.0% 15 providers
Lincoln 93.8% 13 providers
Lisbon 100.0% 12 providers
Lisbon Falls 100.0% 12 providers
Madison 98.9% 13 providers
Millinocket 92.4% 9 providers
Naples 99.9% 11 providers
New Gloucester 100.0% 10 providers
Norridgewock 87.0% 9 providers
North Berwick 100.0% 14 providers
Norway 99.6% 11 providers
Oakland 100.0% 12 providers
Old Orchard Beach 100.0% 11 providers
Old Town 91.4% 16 providers
Orono 85.3% 15 providers
Oxford 99.4% 11 providers
Pittsfield 100.0% 11 providers
Poland 100.0% 10 providers
Portland 99.9% 21 providers
Presque Isle 98.0% 13 providers
Raymond 99.9% 12 providers
Rockland 100.0% 14 providers
Rumford 100.0% 11 providers
Sabattus 99.8% 11 providers
Saco 100.0% 14 providers
Sanford 98.7% 14 providers
Scarborough 100.0% 17 providers
Skowhegan 93.5% 14 providers
South Berwick 99.0% 12 providers
South China 99.9% 11 providers
South Paris 100.0% 10 providers
South Portland 100.0% 17 providers
Springvale 99.0% 14 providers
Standish 100.0% 11 providers
Topsham 99.6% 13 providers
Turner 100.0% 10 providers
Vassalboro 100.0% 12 providers
Waldoboro 99.6% 13 providers
Warren 100.0% 10 providers
Waterville 98.2% 15 providers
Wells 100.0% 13 providers
Westbrook 100.0% 17 providers
Wilton 96.3% 10 providers
Windham 100.0% 14 providers
Winterport 91.9% 12 providers
Winthrop 99.9% 10 providers
Wiscasset 99.8% 11 providers
Yarmouth 100.0% 16 providers
York 99.9% 12 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.