Internet Service in Maine

Internet Access in Maine

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Coverage by County

86.6%
4.5%

57.0

43rd

Broadband Speeds

92.1%

of Mainers have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

4.6%

of Mainers have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

99.2%

of Mainers have access to wireline service

6.8%

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

  1. Xfinity vs Consolidated

Coverage by County in Maine

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Androscoggin 99.8%
Aroostook 90.1%
Cumberland 99.8%
Franklin 90.7%
Hancock 91.2%
Kennebec 99.5%
Knox 97.8%
Lincoln 97.7%
Oxford 91.6%
Penobscot 94.5%
Piscataquis 82.9%
Sagadahoc 98.8%
Somerset 91.1%
Waldo 87.6%
Washington 90.6%
York 99.5%

Internet Speed in Top Maine Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Portland 57.8 MBPS 22 Providers
2. Bangor 56.0 MBPS 18 Providers
3. Lewiston 47.4 MBPS 15 Providers
4. Waterville 63.1 MBPS 15 Providers
5. Augusta 56.8 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Maine

Provider Avg. download speed
XFINITY from Comcast 124.5 MBPS
Spectrum 72.2 MBPS
GWI 21.6 MBPS
TDS Telecom 20.2 MBPS
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) 18.0 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Maine, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

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
Acton 99.5%
10 providers
Albion 100.0%
8 providers
Alfred 99.8%
15 providers
Anson 78.2%
10 providers
Ashland 80.5%
11 providers
Auburn 100.0%
16 providers
Augusta 100.0%
17 providers
Baileyville 95.3%
8 providers
Bangor 100.0%
18 providers
Bar Harbor 99.1%
13 providers
Bath 98.9%
13 providers
Belfast 93.2%
17 providers
Belgrade 100.0%
9 providers
Berwick 99.9%
10 providers
Bethel 82.7%
10 providers
Biddeford 100.0%
14 providers
Bingham 64.6%
7 providers
Blue Hill 87.0%
11 providers
Boothbay 100.0%
10 providers
Boothbay Harbor 100.0%
12 providers
Bowdoin 99.6%
13 providers
Bowdoinham 99.9%
10 providers
Brewer 100.0%
17 providers
Bridgton 100.0%
12 providers
Brooks 77.5%
8 providers
Brownfield 79.7%
9 providers
Brunswick 99.6%
15 providers
Buckfield 72.2%
9 providers
Bucksport 97.9%
14 providers
Buxton 100.0%
10 providers
Calais 99.8%
12 providers
Camden 100.0%
11 providers
Canaan 95.7%
9 providers
Cape Elizabeth 100.0%
14 providers
Cape Neddick 100.0%
8 providers
Caribou 96.0%
13 providers
Carmel 97.8%
12 providers
Casco 100.0%
9 providers
Clinton 99.9%
9 providers
Corinna 77.8%
12 providers
Corinth 99.9%
10 providers
Cumberland Center 100.0%
16 providers
Damariscotta 100.0%
9 providers
Deer Isle 88.5%
9 providers
Dexter 94.7%
12 providers
Dixfield 88.3%
10 providers
Dover Foxcroft 92.9%
13 providers
East Waterboro 100.0%
10 providers
Eddington 92.2%
12 providers
Eliot 99.9%
12 providers
Ellsworth 97.4%
18 providers
Fairfield 100.0%
14 providers
Falmouth 100.0%
15 providers
Farmingdale 100.0%
14 providers
Farmington 94.2%
12 providers
Fort Fairfield 88.3%
11 providers
Fort Kent 93.8%
9 providers
Franklin 91.5%
9 providers
Freedom 98.1%
10 providers
Freeport 99.9%
12 providers
Fryeburg 97.9%
8 providers
Gardiner 100.0%
14 providers
Gorham 100.0%
15 providers
Gray 100.0%
12 providers
Greenbush 70.1%
10 providers
Greene 99.9%
12 providers
Guilford 73.3%
11 providers
Hallowell 100.0%
13 providers
Hampden 99.0%
15 providers
Hancock 99.7%
10 providers
Harpswell 97.9%
9 providers
Harrison 94.9%
11 providers
Hartland 97.3%
10 providers
Hiram 99.0%
8 providers
Holden 76.7%
12 providers
Hollis Center 100.0%
9 providers
Houlton 90.7%
10 providers
Jay 100.0%
10 providers
Jefferson 86.7%
12 providers
Kennebunk 100.0%
14 providers
Kennebunkport 100.0%
13 providers
Kingfield 98.6%
7 providers
Kittery 96.1%
14 providers
Kittery Point 100.0%
9 providers
Lebanon 99.5%
9 providers
Leeds 100.0%
10 providers
Levant 100.0%
11 providers
Lewiston 100.0%
15 providers
Limerick 99.8%
8 providers
Limestone 96.9%
10 providers
Limington 99.9%
9 providers
Lincoln 93.8%
13 providers
Lincolnville 93.0%
13 providers
Lisbon 100.0%
13 providers
Lisbon Falls 100.0%
13 providers
Litchfield 100.0%
12 providers
Livermore 100.0%
9 providers
Livermore Falls 100.0%
10 providers
Lubec 85.6%
8 providers
Machias 96.0%
11 providers
Madawaska 97.4%
9 providers
Madison 98.9%
13 providers
Manchester 99.5%
12 providers
Mapleton 85.6%
11 providers
Mechanic Falls 100.0%
9 providers
Mexico 100.0%
10 providers
Milford 96.6%
13 providers
Millinocket 92.4%
9 providers
Milo 86.7%
9 providers
Minot 93.4%
11 providers
Monmouth 100.0%
10 providers
Morrill 81.7%
10 providers
Mount Vernon 100.0%
9 providers
Naples 99.9%
10 providers
New Gloucester 100.0%
10 providers
Newcastle 99.7%
9 providers
Newport 96.6%
13 providers
Nobleboro 99.9%
9 providers
Norridgewock 87.6%
10 providers
North Anson 93.1%
9 providers
North Berwick 100.0%
13 providers
North Waterboro 99.8%
10 providers
North Yarmouth 100.0%
11 providers
Norway 99.6%
10 providers
Oakland 100.0%
13 providers
Old Orchard Beach 100.0%
11 providers
Old Town 95.1%
17 providers
Orland 85.8%
12 providers
Orono 85.3%
14 providers
Orrington 98.8%
12 providers
Oxford 99.9%
10 providers
Palmyra 97.9%
12 providers
Parsonsfield 92.7%
9 providers
Perry 97.7%
6 providers
Phillips 87.8%
8 providers
Phippsburg 99.9%
10 providers
Pittsfield 100.0%
13 providers
Poland 100.0%
11 providers
Portland 99.9%
22 providers
Presque Isle 98.0%
13 providers
Princeton 87.7%
8 providers
Randolph 100.0%
11 providers
Rangeley 81.9%
8 providers
Raymond 100.0%
12 providers
Readfield 100.0%
9 providers
Richmond 99.8%
10 providers
Rockland 100.0%
14 providers
Rockport 100.0%
17 providers
Rumford 100.0%
12 providers
Sabattus 100.0%
12 providers
Saco 100.0%
15 providers
Saint Albans 97.4%
11 providers
Sanford 98.7%
14 providers
Scarborough 100.0%
17 providers
Searsport 98.1%
11 providers
Sebago 99.4%
10 providers
Skowhegan 93.5%
14 providers
South Berwick 99.0%
11 providers
South China 99.9%
10 providers
South Paris 100.0%
10 providers
South Portland 100.0%
17 providers
Southwest Harbor 99.8%
10 providers
Springvale 99.0%
14 providers
Standish 100.0%
11 providers
Steep Falls 100.0%
9 providers
Stockton Springs 63.3%
12 providers
Strong 94.8%
9 providers
Tenants Harbor 98.8%
8 providers
Thomaston 100.0%
9 providers
Thorndike 93.2%
9 providers
Topsham 99.6%
11 providers
Turner 100.0%
11 providers
Union 98.9%
10 providers
Unity 98.2%
9 providers
Van Buren 92.7%
9 providers
Vassalboro 100.0%
10 providers
Waldoboro 99.6%
13 providers
Warren 100.0%
10 providers
Washburn 83.9%
10 providers
Waterboro 100.0%
9 providers
Waterville 98.2%
15 providers
Wells 100.0%
14 providers
West Enfield 97.3%
13 providers
West Paris 92.5%
9 providers
Westbrook 100.0%
16 providers
Whitefield 99.6%
10 providers
Wilton 96.1%
10 providers
Windham 100.0%
14 providers
Windsor 99.9%
8 providers
Winterport 91.9%
13 providers
Winthrop 99.9%
11 providers
Wiscasset 99.8%
12 providers
Woolwich 99.2%
12 providers
Yarmouth 100.0%
15 providers
York 99.9%
12 providers