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Telecommunications Maine

Maine has a statewide communications network consisting of multiple providers who provide up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet Services. Connection from Maine to Boston is provided via diverse fiber optic routes at the 10 Gbps level, ensuring redundancy and reliability. This statewide network is comprised of advanced fiber ring technology allowing for a variety of networks and service types, including: Multi Protocol Switching (MPLS), Passive Optical Networks (PON), Active Ethernet, ATM, Frame Relay, DSL, Ethernet and TDM Pseudowire, bonded copper and T1 loop services, partial and fully meshed wide area networks with TDM, IP and Ethernet points of demarcation at the customer premise.

With national communications companies like Time Warner, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, and regional and Maine-based companies like Oxford Networks, Lincolnville Communications, FairPoint, and Otelco, there is a healthy competition in the telecommunications marketplace offering a breadth of options when it comes to meeting a business's communications needs.

One of the best testaments to the reliability and capacity of Maine's communications network is the presence of call centers in every region of the State, operated by respected companies such as L.L. Bean, Bank of America, T-Mobile USA, and NexxLinx. These and many other communications-based businesses are thriving in Maine, and their success is dependent on an advanced, reliable communications system.

Advanced Service: Wireless, cable and fiber-optic technologies are available throughout Maine, offering all of the latest cutting-edge services. Maine was the first State to install a Statewide ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) fiber-optic-based network, allowing efficient digital transmission of voice, data, and full-motion video.

Competitive Environment: Progressive public policy provides businesses and consumers with myriad choices for carriers and services with Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) operating in every large business market in the State.

Based on FCC service quality data, Maine has some of the best service and reliability ratings in the country. Also, Maine’s communications companies are aggressively building redundancy and reliability in the network statewide using advanced fiber ring technology.


Maine is on the leading edge of creating a healthy competitive environment in its communications industry based on progressive public policy. Businesses and consumers have a myriad of choices for carriers and services with Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) operating in every large business market in the state.

Maine’s current public policy on telecommunications is one of the most supportive for economic development in the country. Maine does not tax interstate calls and Maine is one of the most nexus-friendly states in the U.S.

Nexus law defines corporate presence and the tax burdens that come with it. By being “nexus-friendly” Maine creates a safe haven in which call centers and their clients can avoid collecting and remitting sales tax.

Strategic planning has ensured that Maine will remain a single area code state preventing the hassle and costs to businesses caused by adding and changing area codes. State policies have also lead to more households in Maine having telephone service than any other state.