Redzone Wireless, LLC Receives FCC Approval to Begin Network Operations of 4G LTE Advanced Broadband Network on Licensed EBS Spectrum
Key Milestone Reached in Plan to Increase Broadband Access in Maine and Meet Recently Revised FCC and ConnectME Broadband Performance Standards
January 29, 2015 – Camden, Maine. Redzone Wireless, LLC, a Maine-based wireless Internet service provider (WISP), has received final approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin transmission of high speed internet services using the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) Spectrum granted under its long term lease agreement with the University of Maine System.
The FCC awarded a premium EBS Spectrum license for transmission within the range of 2495-2690 MHz to the University of Maine System for the purpose of promoting educational media distribution. The FCC further allowed the University to enter a commercial partnership with Redzone Wireless, LLC to develop a statewide wireless broadband network to benefit the public education system.
This recently announced partnership 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 high-speed broadband access is vital for promoting economic development in all corners of our state,” Senator Angus King said. “The FCC’s approval of this new agreement will allow the University of Maine and Redzone Wireless to increase the reach of affordable broadband to students, households, and businesses across Maine. This cooperative effort will strengthen our communities and brighten our state’s future.”
“Redzone has achieved a critical milestone in receiving FCC approval to begin broadband network operations. The company has now moved into the operational phase of deploying the most advanced wireless Internet network in Maine,” said Jim McKenna, Redzone Wireless, LLC President & CEO. “Access to this premium FCC-licensed spectrum, combined with our 4G LTE Advanced network technology and exclusive partnership with the University of Maine System 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, and will offer plans throughout Maine that meet the recently revised broadband standards of both the FCC and ConnectME.
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