Expand High-Speed Broadband

Department of Economic and Community Development

Allocation: $21,000,000

Status: Active

The lack of high-speed broadband access in communities across the state continues to exacerbate the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic. From students who are unable to log into remote school to older Mainers unable to access telehealth to the thousands of workers and businesses who struggled with remote work, inadequate connectivity impedes the daily lives of our people and our state’s economic future. Urgent long-term investments are needed to connect every community to quality, affordable high-speed access. 

The new Maine Connectivity Authority (MCA) will invest $21 million from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to make urgent investments to bring affordable, high-speed broadband to more Maine people and businesses across the state. This funding will complement more than $128 million of federal broadband funding for Maine drawn from the American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund.