Demand for Broadband: Increased Internet Use During Crisis Points to Maine's Broadband Limitations

Apr 16, 2020


The COVID-19 crisis has led to an unprecedented demand for high-speed Internet in Maine, with people working from home, students learning remotely, patients seeing doctors virtually, and all sorts of online entertainment being accessed. How is our state's already limited broadband capacity meeting people's needs, and what is being done to improve broadband in Maine? What workarounds can people try for now, if they don't have sufficient Internet connectivity to function during this stay-at-home period?


Andrew Butcher, Director of Innovation and Resilience For the Greater Portland Council of Governments; Director of the Maine Broadband Coalition

Kerem Durdag, President and Chief Operating Officer, GWI

Trevor Jones, VP of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at OTELCO

John Dougherty, Vice President & General Manager of Mission Broadband

Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director