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High-speed Broadband for Maine

The Maine Connectivity Authority (MCA) is committed to expanding access to reliable, high-speed and affordable internet service statewide.

MCA has three primary goals:

  1. Expand effective, accessible connectivity in every part of the state;

  2. Support the creation of secure, affordable, reliable, competitive, sustainable and forward-looking internet infrastructure that can meet future needs; and

  3. Ensure 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.

Established in 2021, MCA is a quasi-governmental agency charged with achieving universal access to affordable high-speed broadband in Maine.

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Maine's BEAD State-Led Challenge Process  is MCA’s opportunity to create an accurate map of locations where BEAD funding can be deployed in Maine and represents the next step in unlocking Maine's $272 million BEAD allocation. Eligible challengers for the SLCP include local or Tribal governments, non-profit organizations, and internet service providers. These organizations may challenge whether a location has service of at least 100/20 Mbps service, or is a Community Anchor Institution. 

Maine's BEAD State-Led Challenge Process: Next Steps

MCA published an initial list of all served, unserved, underserved, and Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in Maine in BEAD Initial Proposal, Volume 1. This list has since been refined, and the final list of locations being using to conduct the State Led Challenge Process are available by clicking below.

The Challenge Portal is now closed, and the Rebuttal Phase opened on June 7. During this period, ISPs and other eligible challengers will have the opportunity to agree or disagree with challenges made in the previous phase, depending on the challenge type. Ahead of the rebuttal phase, MCA conducted a location analysis and processed all challenges received to verify that each challenge was submitted properly and had the necessary evidence included. Similar to the Challenge Phase, eligible organizations will have 25 calendar days to provide rebuttals to MCA (June 7 - July 2, 2024). MCA will also host open office hours on June 12 at 3:30pm to support with rebuttal submissions.

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Permissible
Challengers

MCA has organized challenges by internet service providers. These challenges will be shared in .csv file and are also accessible through the Rebuttal Portal, which will be open to providers with substantiated challenges made against them, and public organizations that have received their Tier E license. All challenged locations will remain visible in the Challenge Portal and are available to the public with the link below.

Thank you to all of the individuals who submitted speed tests through the Maine Speed Test from April 26 - May 31. Speed challenges are an integral part of having an accurate data set for BEAD Program funding, and we appreciate the dedication to this process.

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Individuals
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For more information about how the process works, its timeline, and more, head to the Maine Connectivity Resource Exchange.

Visualizing MCA's Mission

The Maine Connectivity Authority’s Broadband Intelligence Platform presents important data about internet access and service in Maine. The interactive map below includes information about broadband service availability and funding awards.

 

For a list of service providers at a specific address, click here to access the FCC's map.

Service Classification Map: Based on June 30, 2022 FCC Broadband Data Collection. Accessible maps are available upon request by emailing info@maineconnectivity.org.

Recent & Upcoming Meetings

The Maine Connectivity Authority Board of Directors meetings are open to the public in a virtual format.  Meetings serve as an opportunity to learn about MCA's strategy and activities as well as funding and partnership opportunities.  Click here to view recordings of previous meetings.

May 17, 2024

MCA Board Meeting

Online Zoom Webinar

Please register below to attend the MCA Board meeting. All MCA Board meetings are open to the public.

Register to Attend

May 7, 2024

Digital Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting

Online Zoom Webinar

Please register below to attend the MCA Board meeting. All MCA Board meetings are open to the public.

Register to Attend

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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Help us get closer together - take the Maine Speed Test here

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