Michael McKee reported in a Bloomberg TV segment that Maine internet speeds are drastically slower than in other parts of the country.
McKee said that internet speeds in Maine are measured at approximately 9 megabytes per second (Mb/s), as opposed to in New York where internet speed is around 150 Mb/s.
The problem, according to McKee, is that Maine’s population is too sparse for internet providers to make a profit in providing access to higher speeds. The panelists in the Bloomberg segment agreed that the speeds are comparable to developing countries.
“The problem of course for Maine is that it retards business development and growth because businesses don’t want to locate there,” he said. “[Businesses] don’t necessarily want to stay if they can’t get that kind of high speed internet.”
This segment comes shortly after news in August that the town of Rockport had used public money to create its own fiber-optic internet network to overcome the slow internet speeds that hampered local businesses.
I think Maine needs more competition by adding more providers.
Be careful what you ask for…
We had NO Internet other than dialup at Madawaska Lake for years. Then Sam Collins allowed Pioneer Broadband to set their wireless transmitter on top of his camp, and that changed the picture for a while. It’s still not too swift. It’s a constant problem, working from home, but FairPoint hasn’t installed DSL capabilities far enough down our road, and I’ve been waiting for two years for them to get off their a—- and finish the job.
McKee doesn’t live in Maine or he’d realize that you only get the Internet speed you want to pay for.
Infinity from COMCAST can provide 505 Mbps and VERIZON 500 Mbps. I currently have 150…and its fine for online video viewing.
Mike continues to follow others not a single thought of his own.
It seems to me the godfather of Maine business, LePage, would have done something about this in the 3.5 years he’s been banging his business drum.
LePage has been hamstrung by liberals in the state house and Senate.
You finally got it liberals have been taking down those signs for decades.
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