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


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


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.