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Internet Service Providers in Maine


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Households

In Maine, the aggregate number of households is 743,436

 

Median Income

Households in the state of Maine have a median income of $49,378.

 

Population

The total population in the state of Maine is 1,344,360

 

DSL Technology

Approximately 93.33% of consumers in the state of Maine have access to DSL internet

 

Fiber Technology

Approximately 1.69% of consumers in the state of Maine have access to fiber-optic internet.

 

Cable Technology

Approximately 88.54% of consumers in the state of Maine have access to cable internet.

 

Wireless Technology

Approximately 97.33% of consumers in the state of Maine have access to mobile broadband internet.

 

Average upload speed

For residents in the state of Maine, the state-wide average upload speed is 5 Mbps

 

Average download speed

For residents in the state of Maine, the state-wide average download speed is 9 Mbps.

Internet Service Providers Maine

What are the Best Internet Providers in Maine?

Before choosing a high-quality Internet provider, it's useful to understand how the different Internet services work. Every service comes with advantages and disadvantages.

When shopping for Internet service, consumers have many options to choose from, and since companies are constantly competing for business, it has become much easier to find great deals. The download speeds offered with most services are increasing while the price is dropping. The main services that consumers can choose from are cable, DSL, satellite and fiber-optic Internet. The problem is that the list of choices can be confusing, and by offering bundles for various services, the Internet companies aren't making the decision any easier.

There are many deals available for high-speed Internet in Maine, and by comparing the different services, consumers can choose the Internet service that suits their needs. MyRatePlan provides comparison tools for consumers and helps make the decision process easier. Our tool can even find high-speed Internet options that are compatible with an existing phone or TV service. To start using the tool, a ZIP code must be entered.

MyRatePlan makes it easy to find home Internet services, but it even has a section for business Internet. With an advanced tool from MyRatePlan, consumers can check the speed of their current Internet connection on any device because the tool doesn't need Flash or Java.

Cable Internet in Maine

Compare Cable Internet Providers in Maine

Cable Internet is provided through cable companies, and if you already have cable television service it is likely that you are eligible for high-speed Internet service as well. Cable Internet uses a physical coaxial cable to connect your home to the nearest cable company, and this cable provides shared bandwidth which can be used for a variety of services, including telephone and television service. There are numerous cable providers in Maine who offer Internet, telephone, and television bundles or some combination of the three.

Cable companies often share network bandwidth between their various customers. If you live in an area without many cable users, this could mean that your internet will reach speeds rivaling DSL, and you can expect fast download times and clear video chats. Cable connections provide a very low latency (around 5 to 40 millisecond response time) which is ideal for online gaming and video conferencing. However, if you live in an area where many users use the same cable provider, your internet speed and reliability may fluctuate from day to day depending on the usage patterns of others in your neighborhood. Especially if your neighbors are streaming videos or regularly downloading large files, your service may be slow on some days.

Cable has the advantage of being both cheap and widely available. Unlike DSL, you can be located longer distances away from your Internet service provider and still get a cable line run to your house. Also, since many forms of data can be sent over coaxial cable, cable Internet providers often provide cost-effective bundles of Internet, television, and phone. However, customers can sometimes get lost in the sheer number of options and end up paying more for services they don't need or use. The tools at MyRatePlan can help you find the cable Internet service bundle that is right for you.

Compare Fiber Optic Providers in Maine

Fiber Optic Internet Service Providers in Maine

Some of the most advanced and newest Internet technologies are being provided over fiber optic services. In Maine, customers can find fiber optic providers with Internet, television and phone options. Fiber optic Internet functions much akin to cable service. However, in many areas, fiber optic Internet is even faster. Some fiber optic services are labeled "FiOS." MyRatePlan can help you to review these options in comparison with each other and additional types of Internet services.

Compare DSL Internet Providers in Maine

Maine DSL Internet Providers

Digital Subscriber Line is commonly known as DSL internet. It is a mode of internet connection that uses telephone lines. Users get access to bandwidth by using analog telephone lines that enable transmission of frequency signals. DSL internet differs from cable internet because it uses extra bandwidth from the phone lines to connect to the web. The first step of using DSL internet is connecting your computer to a DSL modem. The modem establishes a connection to the service provider via the analog telephone line. The service provider then uses a Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) to connect to the internet. MyRatePlan enables you can compare different DSL providers in Maine.

DSL is advantageous because it allows clients in Maine, to access the internet with little bandwidth. Moreover, a customer can use DSL connection to make phone calls and browse the internet at the same time. The quality of the internet signal is not affected by many users logging in at once because it has no effect on DSLAM. Therefore, DSL internet provides fast internet services to many DSL units in an area. The primary concern of using DSL internet is that the quality of the connection is affected by the distance between the user and the provider's office. If the user is far from the provider's office, he/she may find it difficult to use DSL. Potential customers need to check the quality of DSL connection in the area and remember that they have to install a phone line to set up a DSL connection.

Find Satellite Internet Service Providers in Maine

Satellite Internet Services in Maine

Many residents of Maine are looking for satellite Internet, and they want to get the best deals available. Satellite Internet uses a satellite dish and doesn't work like cable or DSL. To use this Internet connection, you must have a satellite dish, and it must face towards the equator. A modem is needed to establish a connection between your computer and satellite dish. Once you're paying a service provider, the satellite dish receives a signal that is beamed down from a satellite. The modem translates the data and provides a working Internet connection.

Satellite Internet service isn't terribly popular with residents of Maine because it's not as fast as cable or DSL. However, it's almost always the best option for people who live in rural, remote areas because it's not cost effective for providers to install physical lines in these areas. Cable and DSL tend to be the best options for most people who don't live in rural areas.