Redzone Wireless, LLC Awarded Long Term Exclusive EBS Spectrum Contract from the University of Maine System to Develop and Operate High Speed Broadband Network Statewide
January 22, 2015 – Camden. Maine Redzone Wireless, LLC, a Maine-based wireless Internet service provider (WISP), has entered into an exclusive 30-year contract agreement with the University of Maine System (UMS) to utilize the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) Spectrum granted to Maine’s Universities by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC allocates licenses to premium EBS Spectrum for transmission within the range of 2495-2690 MHz to public Universities in each state for the purpose of promoting educational media distribution. The FCC further allows these institutions to lease their EBS Spectrum and enter commercial partnerships to benefit the public education system.
This new contract, subject to final FCC approval, grants Redzone the exclusive right to operate a high-speed wireless Internet network on Maine’s EBS Spectrum through 2043. Under the terms of the agreement, Redzone will also extend broadband network coverage to university locations in Maine.
“Expanding access to high speed broadband networks has been a critical public service and economic development priority for Maine’s Public Universities, “ said UMS Chief Information Officer Dick Thompson. “The public – private partnership we have established with Redzone Wireless leverages our resources to provide rural businesses and residents alike with new connectivity and high-speed access to the Internet.”
“We are extremely proud to be partnering on a long term basis with the Maine’s Public Universities to expand Broadband availability all across the state,” said Jim McKenna, Redzone Wireless, LLC President & CEO. “Access to this premium FCC-licensed spectrum combined with our 4G LTE Advanced network technology will enable Redzone to provide the fastest and most reliable wireless broadband service possible,” explained McKenna.
Redzone Wireless intends to begin operating a 4G LTE Advanced wireless broadband network on the licensed EBS Spectrum during the first quarter of 2015, pending final FCC approval, which is expected during the month of January.
Residential & business customers in selected Maine areas will also be able to sign up for broadband service on the new company website in the first quarter at www.redzonewireless.com.
Michael L Forcillo