The largest city of the state of Maine, Portland has more than 68,000 residents. The city's metropolitan area has more than half a million people, which makes the area the 105th-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Even though Portland is not the capital of the state, it has become Maine’s economic capital. That’s because in addition to the city having the largest population, it also has the largest port and it is very close to Boston, only 105 miles away.
Portland's economy was once heavily based on fishing given its proximity to the sea, in addition to manufacturing and agriculture. Nowadays, service and tourism play a huge role in the city’s economy. Marine industry also plays an important role in the city’s economy.
For example most national banks institutions, such as Key Bank and Bank of America, have operations in the city.
When it comes to tourism, the Old Port district is known for its 19th-century architecture and its very livery nightlife.
Portland is the 36th most connected city in Maine ahead of cities such as Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth and Falmouth.
First, the good news: practically 100% of Portland residents have access to multiple wired providers.
To be more accurate, only 0.5% of consumers in Portland, approximately 300 people,
only have access to one or no wired internet providers available at their address.
But when it comes to fiber optics, which is considered the fastest and most steady service, generally only 8% of people living in the city have residential fiber service available to them.
Still, 11 of the 25 internet providers in the city offer residential service.
Viasat and HughesNet are available in 100% of the city, and that is why virtually every Portland resident has at least two internet service options. Still, when it comes to speed, Viasat manages to deliver double the speed of the internet.
There are still services like Spectrum and Consolidated that are also available in a good part of the territory (99.9% and 99.7% respectively) and offer great speeds options (1000 Mbps is the max download speed for both of them).