Mapping broadband service helps customers know where broadband is available, and it helps grant applicants identify potentially unserved areas. In 2019, areas lacking broadband service were listed by street addresses in excel spreadsheets, the Unserved Reports. There will be future opportunities to submit data or comment on the availability or lack of broadband service. ConnectMaine makes no warranty for use of this information for purposes other than those communicated herein.
Mainers can take a speed test through a project of the Maine Broadband Coalition.
While this map was intended to provide a starting point for customers to identify what broadband service might be available in their communities, ConnectMaine knows the information doesn’t represent the actual services that are available to individual customers. Following the required data filing period, the Broadband Availability Map was last updated in October 2021. This Map will remain viewable through June 2022: https://maps.sewall.com/connectme/public/
Opportunity to Review
Following the last opportunity to review unserved and underserved areas, the ConnectMaine Authority confirmed two areas (pdf) being designated as unserved areas. These opportunities follow updates to the Broadband Availability Map. Any future opportunities to submit data or comment on the availability or lack of broadband service would be announced at ConnectMaine meetings.
Designation of Areas
Designation of unserved areas by ConnectMaine is subject to a thirty-day comment period. In 2021, the ConnectMaine Authority approved the use of 50/10mbps for the designation of unserved areas, and the designation of broadband service as at least 100/100mbps. More detail about this designation is covered in the memo on broadband service (pdf). Previously, unserved areas were those where broadband service at a level of at least 25mbps download and 3mbps upload is unavailable.
Public guest WiFi access points can be identified with the Study From Your Car Initiative, which will be kept up to date at least through the 2020-2021 school year.
The Maine School and Library Network provides internet access to its members; the E-Rate Funded Services map depicts information pulled from applications to the FCC.