Broadband Internet Continues to Expand Into Rural Maine





Maine-based company Redzone Wireless, LLC announced it has nine new wireless broadband sites activated this month serving Maine, including 14,000 new homes and businesses in 22 primarily rural communities.

Here are the communities with new full or partial access:

1.    Alfred
2.    Anson
3.    Arrowsic
4.    Bath
5.    Casco
6.    Cornville
7.    Farmingdale
8.    Gardiner
9.    Hallowell
10.    Madison
11.    Naples
12.    Norridgewock
13.    North Anson
14.    North Berwick
15.    Pittston
16.    Randolph
17.    Sanford
18.    Skowhegan
19.    Springdale
20.    Wells
21.    West Bath
22.    Woolwich

“To the many Maine residents and businesses that now have affordable access to real broadband for the first time, we say thank you for your patience,” said Jim McKenna, Redzone President & CEO. “To those unserved Mainers that continue to await the level of broadband connectivity needed to participate in the digital economy, we say Redzone is coming and soon. We have the resources & technology, and you have our commitment to cover the vast majority of locations everywhere in Maine,” McKenna said.

The new sites deliver connections that adhere to FCC and ConnectMe (Maine’s publicly funded organization) standards of 25/3 Mbps, giving these communities connectivity strong enough to support expected everyday usage benefits like gaming, video streaming on multiple devices, video conferencing, etc.

While this is great news for the 22 communities affected, there are still almost 80,000 locations in Maine that don’t have access to 25 Mbps Broadband, according to ConnectMe. Thats why Redzone is working to reduce the cost and time of building infrastructure to deliver high speed wireless broadband. Their technology uses powerful microwave radios to link fiber-connected towers to non-fiber towers to give broadband access to thousands of homes.

Their approach is 90% more cost effective and only takes a few months to complete, compared to building a fiber-to-the-home network that would take a few years.

“If Redzone can provide access to 315,000 locations in just 4 years with no public funding, there is significant opportunity to shift the focus in Maine from funding fiber-to-the-home projects to funding hybrid fiber/fixed wireless solutions,” said Michael Forcillo, Executive Vice President of Redzone Wireless. “In 2019 alone, Redzone delivered real broadband access to 22,000 new Maine locations without a single dollar of direct investment from taxpayers.”

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