Andrew Butcher

In recent years, Maine has attracted a gradual influx of people from other states, mostly moving here for the quality of life. For the sake of the state's economic health, there have been concerted efforts to attract more people--especially younger people--to live and work here. Now, with the Covid pandemic forcing people to work from home, many have discovered the appeal of living in Maine and working remotely. We'll hear about the benefits and the challenges posed by this trend, and talk to some who are making it work.

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?