Editor’s Note: This story is part of a special, two-part report is part of a continuing series on poverty in Maine, and the strangling affect poverty has on our communities. We look at how vital broadband accessibility is for our schools, our businesses and our health. The work is being done in cooperation with the Investigative Editing Corps.

The Maine Broadband Coalition is helping to get a better picture of who has high-speed internet and who doesn’t.

Anyone in the state can log on to get a speed test that clocks how fast your connection is. The data is then recorded and plotted on an increasingly comprehensive map showing broadband in Maine.

You can take the test at mainebroadbandcoalition.org, view its interactive map and compare results throughout the state.

If you don’t have broadband at home but can access the internet through your cellphone or another computer, you can still report your address as being unserved, which adds to the map.

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