May 29, 2020
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Maine internet service under strain as state shelters at home

Charles Krupa | AP
Charles Krupa | AP
In this June 19, 2018, file photo, a router and internet switch are displayed in East Derry, New Hampshire. With so much of the U.S. workforce, and their families, now cooped up at home to combat the spread of the coronavirus, it's not a huge surprise that home internet is showing the strain.

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With tens of thousands of Mainers working from home and thousands of students also at home and logged into devices, parts of the state are seeing a slowdown of internet service and, in some cases, failure.

Jeff Letourneau, who monitors Maine’s internet as executive director of Networkmaine at the University of Maine System, said there are parts of the state that simply don’t have the capacity to handle the increased demand on home internet connections.

“We are seeing so many things that require internet connectivity that’s just not available to a big portion of the state,” he said

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Letourneau said the significant upgrades needed will take time and money, but he said that internet service providers could help right away by increasing the speed of their existing systems.

“Some of it is just driven by the slow speed of the connections at some locations in the state that don’t keep up well,” he said.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.

 


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