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June 18, 2020

Redzone targets three Maine towns for broadband expansion

Courtesy / Redzone Wireless LLC Redzone Wireless LLC activated three new fixed wireless network sites that add services in Rumford, Livermore Falls and North Jay.

Redzone Wireless LLC, a broadband services company in Rockland, has established three new fixed wireless network sites that add services in Rumford, Livermore Falls and North Jay.

Activation of the sites brings broadband access, at 25 megabits per second, to 7,400 new households and 900 previously unserved locations, according to a news release. 

With the completion of the expansion, Redzone’s total Maine broadband coverage now reaches 357,500 households, representing 65% of all homes in the state.

Redzone uses gigabit “backhaul” radios to connect clusters of towers to individual fiber optic circuits, and delivers broadband services to homes via LTE and 5G technology, transmitted on the licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum.

The approach reduces broadband network capital costs by 90%, and accelerates delivery timeframe to a few months versus multiple years commonly required to complete comparable fiber-to-the-home networks.

A 2019 Pew Research study found that 50% of non-broadband subscribers cited high prices as the primary reason they lack service. 

In addition, recent research data published by BroadbandNow says that 96% of Maine households are unable to receive wired broadband service for less than $60 per month.

Redzone said in the release that it provides service for $40 per month or less.

The provider's 25 Mbps service meets U.S. guidelines for business and residential broadband speed as defined by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC broadband standard considered multiple users of media streaming, work from home applications, video conferencing and online gaming.

The amount of daily data consumption has increased 43% as more people have stayed at home in Maine during the coronavirus crisis, according to Redzone.

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