Redzone Wireless Unveils 2019 Expansion Plan to Bring Broadband Services to 26 New Maine Communities

With Increasing Focus in Rural Areas, 50,000 Added Residential Locations This Year Will Bring Redzone’s Fixed Wireless Broadband Access to over 50% of Maine’s Population

January 25, 2019 - Redzone Wireless, LLC, a Maine-based broadband services company, announced that it has selected 26 Maine communities for new wireless broadband networks delivering 25 Mbps broadband across the state. 

The multi-million dollar privately funded 2019 Maine broadband expansion follows recently launched Redzone networks serving Farmington, Dover-Foxcroft, Calais, and Machias. 

New 2019 Expansion Areas

The List of Maine Communities Selected for 2019 Broadband Expansion: (listed alphabetically)

  1. Alfred
  2. Berwick
  3. Bucksport
  4. Caribou
  5. Durham
  6. Fairfield
  7. Fort Kent
  8. Frankfort
  9. Gardiner
  10. Greene
  11. Lisbon
  12. Livermore Falls
  13. Madison
  14. Milo
  15. Morrill
  16. New Gloucester
  17. New Sharon
  18. Norridgewock
  19. Oakland
  20. Presque Isle
  21. Rumford
  22. Skowhegan
  23. Waterboro
  24. Wilton
  25. Windham
  26. Winthrop

The current expansion areas selected were based on over 35,000 broadband service requests received from Maine residents and businesses during 2018. It is important to note that portions of 50 adjacent communities will also be served by Redzone’s 2019 network expansion. 

2019 Upgrades to Existing Markets

In addition to expanding into 26 new market areas, Redzone will be completing network upgrades in several existing markets including Sanford, Bath, Monhegan Island, Union, Westport Island, Portland, Falmouth and Belfast.

With the completion of this broadband network expansion, Redzone’s total Maine coverage will surpass 300,000 households – representing over 50% of all Maine homes.  Redzone’s 5Gxâ fixed wireless broadband network operates on multiple wireless spectrum bands including LTE on FCC licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum, and is considered one of the largest FCC licensed fixed wireless broadband deployments in the US.

“2019 marks another exciting phase of growth for Redzone Wireless.  We have a powerful combination of key drivers that make our fixed wireless broadband advantageous in Maine, including premium exclusive FCC licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum, dramatically lower deployment costs versus fiber or cable, and our ability to complete this ambitious network expansion within 12 months,” said Jim McKenna, President of Redzone Wireless. “At the same time, Redzone continues to advance the reliability, capacity and speed of our technology and network in areas where we have already seen tremendous growth in demand.”

“With the availability of faster Internet speeds, especially in rural areas of Maine, we can open the state’s doors to future business investment, expand educational opportunities, and attract more people to live and work here,” said Maine Governor Janet Mills.  “This expansion is a welcome step in the direction of improving our broadband infrastructure and strengthening our economy.”

“The key advantage of Redzone’s approach for closing Maine’s rural broadband gap is economic sustainability,” said Michael Forcillo, Redzone Executive Vice President. “While everyone agrees that broadband is a high priority essential service for all Maine residents and businesses, Redzone has developed an innovative business model that works in low population rural areas, and can be self sustaining without tax payer funded subsidies.”

Redzone Wireless was formed based on the premise that everyone in Maine deserves access to affordable high quality broadband to increase the quality of life here, enabled through access to information, social connection, essential services, activism, employment, healthcare, education, and entertainment.  The benefits of strengthening Maine through better broadband are critical and foundational for sustainable social, community, and economic development.