Redzone's 2019 expansion will stretch from Berwick to Fort Kent
The multi-million dollar expansion by the Rockland-based company, which is privately funded, follows an equally ambitious expansion in 2018, that included networks serving Farmington, Dover-Foxcroft, Calais and Machias.
The 2019 expansion will be in 10 of the state’s 16 counties, and focuses on areas targeted by 35,000 service requests made by Maine businesses and residents in 2018, a Friday news release from the company said.
Once the expansion is completed, the company said its coverage will be available to more than 100 communities and 50% of all Maine homes .
Communities set for expansion in 2019, by county, are:
Androscoggin County: Durham, Greene, Lisbon, Livermore Falls; Aroostook County: Caribou, Fort Kent, Presque Isle; Cumberland County: New Gloucester, Windham; Franklin County: New Sharon, Wilton;
Hancock: Bucksport; Kennebec County: Gardiner, Oakland, Winthrop; Oxford County: Rumford; Piscataquis County: Milo;
Somerset County: Fairfield, Madison, Norridgewock, Skowhegan; Waldo County: Frankfort, Morrill; York County: Alfred, Berwick, Waterboro.
Portions of 50 communities adjacent to the communities listed will also be part of the network expansion, the company said.
Jim McKenna, president of Redzone Wireless, said the company’s technology combined with its financial model allow it to expand broadband quickly to rural areas — 50,000 customers in 12 months.
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