Broadband Resources

Broadband Resources

GrowSmart Maine works in partnership with other organizations to achieve our goal of expanding broadband access and increasing digital equity.

Maine Broadband Coalition Maine Broadband Coalition (MBC) is a network of public policy wonks, educational advocates, businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and individuals who care deeply about Maine’s digital future. MBC believes in the power of community-driven broadband planning, evidence-based policy making, and multi-organizational collaboration to enable reliable, accessible, and affordable high-speed internet for everyone. GrowSmart Maine is a member of MBC. Nancy Smith, CEO of GrowSmart Maine, chairs the Maine Broadband Coalition Policy Committee.

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

MCA focuses on projects, places, and people, to expand access to reliable, high-speed, and affordable internet service statewide to advance digital equity for all people in Maine. MCA supports GrowSmart Maine’s Regional and Tribal Broadband Partner.

Test your speed Curious about your internet speed? Take this simple test to help define and advance broadband infrastructure improvement throughout Maine.

Online Training in Maine:

Do you have a technology question or need help navigating our digital world? Digital Navigators help people with initial intake into the many programs and classes and other assistance offered by the National Digital Equity Center (located here in Maine). They can assist with initial device setup questions, guide participants in selecting and registering for appropriate classes, and assist with the completion of the application to the the FCC Affordable Connectivity Program. MORE INFORMATION.

The National Digital Equity Center is headquartered in Bath, Maine, and serves communities in Maine and nationwide with digital skills training including online classes, group classes at a public location, and planning resources to expand digital equity and  digital literacy. 

Affordable devices for nonprofits and eligible residents:

Give IT. Get IT. is a certified electronics recycling and sells refurbished devices like laptops and tablets to nonprofit organizations and eligible individuals.  

Defining digital terms and abbreviations

Want to know the difference between HTTP and HTTPS? Confused about what is a URL or an IP Address?:  Check out 20 Internet Terms for Beginners

Broadband 101 Download a PDF of broadband terminology

Internet Speeds to Meet Your Needs Download a PDF.

Learn more about broadband initiatives and programs:

News and Updates

Maine’s ACP Week of Action August 4-12, 2023

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal program that helps households afford internet service. Eligible households can get $30 off monthly internet (or up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands). The week of August 4-12 in Maine is...

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Update: Community Broadband Meeting

GrowSmart Maine hosted a community meeting at the Augusta Multicultural Center in early April to hear about the experiences of people using the internet and the barriers they may face to being digitally connected.

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Take Maine’s Broadband Survey!

The State of Maine, through the Maine Connectivity Authority, is developing a Broadband Action Plan to decide how $250 million in federal funds should be used to expand access to high-speed internet and ensure that we all have what we need to connect to the digital...

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Correct the Dots!

The Maine Connectivity Authority needs your help! January 13th, 2023 is the last day to submit challenges to the FCC maps that will help determine Maine's Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program allocation. Visit MCA's Correct the Dots page below for...

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