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How it works:

The ConnectME Authority facilitates the availability of broadband to all Mainers and is responsible for increasing access to 91% of the state with 73% adoption rate compared to 40% five years ago. The website offers many valuable resources and features including a connection speed test, an availability and provider listing, and a grant application guide.


The Authority creates and facilitates public awareness and educational programs to help residents understand the valuable role that broadband internet can play in enriching lives and helping communities and business thrive. The Authority also aims to help to expand broadband internet access to the most rural, unserved areas of Maine.

Hawaii Relevance:

One of the State’s top priority projects is to provide all Hawaii residents with access to ultra-high-speed Internet service by 2018. The new networks will be secure, resilient and follow diverse pathways to mitigate any interruption of service.