Best Internet Providers in Maine

Fidium Fiber Best internet provider in Maine
Speeds from 50 - 2,000 Mbps
Prices from $25 - $75 per Month
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Spectrum Best cable internet provider in Maine
Speeds from 100 - 1,000 Mbps
Prices from $30- $90 per Month
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T-Mobile Home Internet Best fixed wireless internet in Maine
Speeds from 72 - 245 Mbps
Prices from $60 per Month
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Article updated on Feb 15, 2024

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What is the best internet provider in Maine?

Fidium Fiber has the fastest internet speed, cheapest internet plan and greatest fiber internet coverage of any major internet service provider in Maine. Plans also come with free equipment rental, unlimited data and no contract requirements.

In areas where Fidium Fiber is unavailable, GoNetspeed may offer fiber internet service. Otherwise, you’ll want to rely on cable internet from Spectrum and Xfinity, DSL from Consolidated Communications or a fixed wireless internet provider for broadband in your area.

The provider you choose and its connection type can make a big difference in speed, price and overall value. Here are the best internet providers to look for in Maine.

Our methodology

CNET considers speeds, pricing, customer service and overall value to recommend the best internet service in Maine across many categories. Our evaluation includes referencing a proprietary database built over years of reviewing internet services. We validate that against provider information by spot-checking local addresses for service availability. We also do a close read of providers' terms and conditions and, when needed, will call ISPs to verify the details.

Despite our efforts to find the most recent and accurate information, our process has some limitations you should know about. Pricing and speed data are variable: certain addresses may qualify for different service tiers, and monthly costs may vary, even within a city. The best way to identify your particular options is to plug your address into a provider's website. 

Also, the prices, speed and other information listed above and in the provider cards below may differ from what we found in our research. The cards display the full range of a provider's pricing and speed across the US, according to our database of plan information provided directly by ISPs. At the same time, the text is specific to what's available in Maine. The prices referenced within this article's text come from our research and include applicable discounts for setting up automatic payments each month -- a standard industry offering. Discounts and promotions might also be available for signing a term contract or bundling multiple services. 

To learn more about how we review internet providers, visit our full methodology page.

Best internet in Maine

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Speed range
50 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$25 - $75 per month

Fidium Fiber

Best internet provider in Maine

Our take - Fiber internet often presents the fastest upload and download speeds and best value, including a low cost per Mbps. Fidium Fiber is a good example, offering both the fastest speeds and cheapest plans in Maine.

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Fiber
Speed range
50 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$25 - $75 per month
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Cable
Speed range
100 - 1,000 Mbps
Price range
$30- $90 per month

Spectrum

Best cable internet provider in Maine

Our take - Cable internet is a close second to fiber regarding speed and overall value. Spectrum is the largest cable internet provider in Maine.

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Cable
Speed range
100 - 1,000 Mbps
Price range
$30- $90 per month
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Fixed wireless
Speed range
72 - 245 Mbps
Price range
$60 per month

T-Mobile Home Internet

Best fixed wireless internet in Maine

Our take - Around 15% of Maine households don’t have access to cable or fiber connections, per the FCC. Fixed wireless internet service is ideal for such areas, especially with the pricing, perks and potential speeds of T-Mobile Home Internet.

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Fixed wireless
Speed range
72 - 245 Mbps
Price range
$60 per month
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Maine internet providers compared

Provider Internet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed rangeMonthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
Consolidated Communications DSL$57-$8420-100Mbps$12 (included in the cost)None2 yearsN/A
Fidium Fiber Fiber$25-$75100-2,000MbpsNoneNoneNoneN/A
GoNetspeed Fiber$55-$70300-1,000MbpsNoneNoneNoneN/A
Hughesnet
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Satellite$50-$8050-100Mbps$15 monthly or $300 purchase feeVaries, 100-200GB2 years6
RedZone Wireless Fixed wireless$48 50Mbps$8 (optional)NoneNoneN/A
Spectrum
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Cable$50-$90300-1,000Mbps$5 (optional)NoneNone7.2
Starlink
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Low orbit satellite$90-$12020-220Mbps$599 purchase feeNoneNoneN/A
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$60 ($40 with eligible mobile plans)72-245MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
Trailrunner Fixed wireless$79 50MbpsVariesNoneNoneN/A
US Cellular Fixed Wireless$50 25-100MbpsVaries25GB, unlimited availableNoneN/A
Viasat
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Satellite$70-$30012-100Mbps$13 monthly or $299 upfrontVaries, 40-300GB2 years6.1
Xfinity
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Cable$30-$90200-1,200Mbps$15 (optional)1.25TB or unlimitedNone required7
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

Other internet options in Maine

  • Consolidated Communications: The parent company of Fidium Fiber, Consolidated Communications, also offers DSL internet service throughout much of Maine. Max speeds are slower than what’s available from cable, fiber or possibly even fixed wireless service, so explore all your internet options before signing up with Consolidated Communications.
  • GoNetspeed: The second largest fiber internet provider in Maine, GoNetspeed offers symmetrical speeds ranging from 300 to 1,000Mbps, starting at $55 to $70 monthly. Service is primarily available in parts of Portland, Bangor, Biddeford and Brunswick. 
  • Xfinity: Parts of southwestern Maine, including Sanford and Kittery, along with the greater Brunswick area from Bowdoin to Small Point, may be serviceable for Xfinity. Service is relatively inexpensive considering the speeds you get, but the equipment rental fee (optional), data cap and eventual, potentially steep, price increase may lower the overall value.
  • Fixed wireless internet: Aside from T-Mobile Home Internet, fixed wireless internet service is available in Maine from providers such as US Cellular, Redzone Wireless and Trailrunner. Speeds, pricing and service terms will vary by provider and location.  
  • Satellite internet: Some areas in Maine have no practical broadband options other than satellite internet. Hughesnet and Viasat are popular choices, with Hughesnet being the cheaper service, while Viasat may offer faster speeds and more data. Starlink offers faster speeds and more data (unlimited) than Hughesnet and Viasat but does little to alleviate the high cost of satellite internet, and availability is somewhat limited.

Internet breakdown by city in Maine

It’s hard to cover the broadband options of a state like Maine and give individual cities the attention they deserve. That’s why we also compile lists of the best internet providers in cities across the US, including those in Maine. We tackle details such as internet connection types, max speeds, cheapest providers and more. Check back later if you don’t find the city you’re looking for below. We’re working to add more locations each week. 

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Cheap internet options in Maine

With service starting at $25 a month for speeds up to 100Mbps, Fidium Fiber has the cheapest home internet plan in Maine. Xfinity internet service starts at $30 a month and offers double the max download speed, up to 200Mbps, though upload speeds are slower and availability is limited in Maine.

Aside from Fidium Fiber and Xfinity, internet service in Maine starts at around $50 a month or higher. Spectrum, T-Mobile Home Internet and GoNetspeed, for example, have starting prices of $50 to $55 a month.

What's the cheapest internet plan in Maine?

Provider Starting priceMax download speedMonthly equipment fee
Fidium Fiber 100Mbps $25 100MbpsNone
Xfinity Connect
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$30 200Mbps$15 (optional)
Redzone Wireless $48 50Mbps$8 (optional)
Spectrum Internet
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$50 300MbpsFree modem, $5 router rental (optional)
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$60 ($40 with eligible mobile plans)245MbpsNone
US Cellular $50 25-100MbpsVaries
GoNetspeed 300Mbps $55 300MbpsNone
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

How to find internet deals and promotions in Maine

The best internet deals and top promotions in Maine depend on the discounts available during that period. Most deals are short-lived, but we look frequently for the latest offers.

Maine internet providers, such as Xfinity, may offer lower introductory pricing or special deals for a limited time. Many, including Fidium Fiber and Spectrum, run the same standard pricing year-round. 

For a more extensive list of promos, check out our guide on the best internet deals

How fast is Maine broadband?

Recent Ookla speed test data placed Maine 42nd fastest among all US states and Washington, DC, with median download speeds of 153Mbps. While faster speed test results would be ideal, keep in mind that speeds of around 153Mbps are suitable for most home internet uses. Also, faster max speeds are available from several Maine internet providers.

Gigabit service, with max speeds of around 1,000Mbps or higher, is available from a few Maine internet providers, including GoNetspeed, Spectrum and Xfinity. Fidium Fiber has the fastest plan with symmetrical upload and download speeds up to 2,000Mbps starting at $75 a month.

Fastest internet plans in Maine

Provider Starting priceMax download speedMax upload speedData capConnection type
Fidium Fiber 2 Gigs $75 2,000Mbps2,000MbpsNoneFiber
Xfinity Gigabit Extra
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$90 1,2000Mbps35Mbps1.25TB or unlimitedCable
GoNetspeed 1000Mbps $70 1,000Mbps1,000MbpsNoneFiber
Spectrum Internet Gig
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$90 1,000Mbps35MbpsNoneCable

Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

What’s a good internet speed?

Most internet connection plans can now handle basic productivity and communication tasks. If you're looking for an internet plan that can accommodate videoconferencing, streaming video or gaming, you'll have a better experience with a more robust connection. Here's an overview of the recommended minimum download speeds for various applications, according to the FCC. Note that these are only guidelines -- and that internet speed, service and performance vary by connection type, provider and address.

For more information, refer to our guide on how much internet speed you really need.

  • 0 to 5Mbps allows you to tackle the basics -- browsing the internet, sending and receiving email, streaming low-quality video.
  • 5 to 40Mbps gives you higher-quality video streaming and videoconferencing.
  • 40 to 100Mbps should give one person sufficient bandwidth to satisfy the demands of modern telecommuting, video streaming and online gaming. 
  • 100 to 500Mbps allows one to two people to simultaneously engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming. 
  • 500 to 1,000Mbps allows three or more people to engage in high-bandwidth activities at the same time.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Maine

Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it’s impractical to personally test every ISP in a given city. So what’s our approach? We start by researching the pricing, availability and speed information drawing on our own historical ISP data, the provider sites and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov.

But it doesn’t end there. We go to the FCC’s website to check our data and ensure we consider every ISP that provides service in an area. We also input local addresses on provider websites to find specific options for residents. We look at sources, including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power, to evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP’s service. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of publication.

Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions:

  1. Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds?
  2. Do customers get decent value for what they’re paying?
  3. Are customers happy with their service?

While the answer to those questions is often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. When selecting the cheapest internet service, we look for the plans with the lowest monthly fee, though we also factor in things like price increases, equipment fees and contracts. Choosing the fastest internet service is relatively straightforward. We look at advertised upload and download speeds and consider real-world speed data from sources like Ookla and FCC reports.

To explore our process in more depth, visit our how we test ISPs page.

What’s the final word on internet providers in Maine?

Fiber internet, from Fidium Fiber or GoNetspeed, or cable internet, from Spectrum or Xfinity, are likely to be your best internet options in Maine.

Spectrum has the greatest availability of any non-satellite ISP in Maine, but Fidium Fiber offers the cheapest plan (starting at $25 per month for up to 100Mbps) and the fastest speed (2,000Mbps starting at $75 monthly).

In areas where fiber or cable connections are unavailable, fixed wireless internet -- from providers such as T-Mobile Home Internet, US Cellular, Redzone Wireless, Trailrunner and others -- may be the only option for broadband internet outside satellite internet.

Internet providers in Maine FAQs

What is the best internet service provider in Maine?

Fidium Fiber is Maine’s top home internet service provider, mostly due to its broad fiber coverage, fast speeds, competitive pricing and simple service terms.

Is fiber internet available in Maine?

Approximately one third of Maine residences are eligible for fiber internet service, according to the FCC. Fidium Fiber is the largest fiber provider in Maine, though fiber service may be available from GoNetspeed or other local ISPs.

Who is the cheapest internet provider in Maine?

Fidium Fiber has the cheapest internet plan of any major ISP in Maine, offering symmetrical speeds up to 100Mbps starting at $25 a month with no added equipment fees or data caps.

Xfinity has the next cheapest plan at $30 monthly for max download speeds of 200Mbps, though upload speeds are lower and opting to rent equipment may add $15 to the monthly cost.

Which internet provider in Maine offers the fastest plan?

Fidium Fiber offers the fastest internet plan in Maine with symmetrical speeds up to 2,000Mbps starting at $75 a month. Xfinity is the only other major ISP to offer above 1,000Mbps, as its Gigabit Extra plan advertises max download speeds of 1,200Mbps starting at $90 monthly.

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