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MCA program designs are being updated daily!

To read the latest, please review our FAQs here and the program pages here.

About the MCA

High-speed Broadband for Maine

Established in 2021, the Maine Connectivity Authority (MCA) is a quasi-governmental agency charged with achieving universal access of affordable high-speed broadband in Maine.

 

The MCA will work to ensure three goals: 1.) That effective, accessible connectivity be universally available in the state; 2.) that there be secure, affordable, reliable, competitive, sustainable and forward-looking infrastructure that can meet future needs; and 3.) that all residents, businesses and institutions in Maine be able to take full advantage of the economic, health, educational and other opportunities available through connectivity services.

 

Focusing on projects, places and people, the MCA is advancing digital equity for all Mainers

Maine Connectivity Authority is Hiring!

The MCA is rapidly scaling into a high-performing, high-impact organization and is looking for team members who are passionate about connecting everyone to the modern digital society and building the foundation for Maine’s future. Click below to learn more about open positions.

Broadband Infrastructure Director

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Featured Program

The Get Ready Community Support Program has Launched!
 

We're very excited to announce the launch of the Get Ready Community Support Program application! This program will accelerate community broadband planning at a regional scale through tailored technical assistance and the coordination of multiple professional service providers to support participants. Applicants selected to take part in the Get Ready Program will receive one or more of the following through MCA's stable of professional services:

  • Up to $10,000 per community to fund local engagement efforts

  • High-level network design

  • Capital cost analysis with narrative

  • Technical guidance on project viability

Awards will be announced soon!
  • RFP design

  • Legal assistance

  • Digital inclusion planning

  • Project management and facilitation support

Visualizing MCA's Mission

MCA is designing a comprehensive program that will meet the State’s long-term connectivity needs, provide critical education and training, and connect everyone in Maine with affordable, reliable, and world-class internet.

 

Our Broadband Intelligence Platform facilitates the aggregation, visualization, and convergence of many data and map layers and helps us make data-driven decisions so we can prioritize funding for rural, unserved areas, and maximize the impact of federal funds flowing to the state. We will be continuing to develop our BIP public viewer in the coming months, but you can explore the beta version below.

This map shows the concentration of locations that have internet speeds below 100/20 Mbps.
 

Areas highlighted in red, pink, and purple                     have a lot of these unserved locations, and areas in gray and black              have fewer of these unserved locations.
 

The green pins        represent projects that have been funded by MCA or ConnectMaine in 2021 and 2022. Click on a pin to learn more about the award. More locations will be added this fall and winter.

Clicking the layer icon          on the left and selecting Program Eligibility allows you to see areas eligible for various MCA programs.

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Recent & Upcoming Meetings

As a quasi-governmental agency responsible for managing, investing and deploying public funds, Board of Directors meetings are open to the public in a virtual format.  Meetings are intended to serve as an opportunity to learn about MCA's strategy and activities as well as funding and partnership opportunities.  Public comment and feedback are welcome hereClick here to view recordings of previous meetings.

November 4, 2022

MCA Board Meeting

Online Zoom Webinar

Please click below to access the agenda and video recording of this meeting.

December 2, 2022

MCA Board Meeting

Online Zoom Webinar

Please click below to register to attend this meeting.

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Recent News

Maine Connectivity Authority Accepting Applications for $100 Million in Broadband Infrastructure Grants

October 17, 2022

Featured Resources

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Maine Connectivity Authority Strategic Summary:  January 2022

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Maine Connectivity Authority Statute

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