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5G Wireless Internet Is Coming to Maine at a Disruptive Price


The main hold up of gigabit Internet has been the need to run a fiber line to every home in the United States. This is a time-consuming and slow process. Now there is new technology coming online that removes the need to run a wire to your home and will beam gigabit speed Internet to your home wirelessly.

This week Redzone Broadband in Maine announced that in the first quarter of 2018 they will launch a gigabit fixed wireless Internet in Portland, Maine. Redzone is promising to use parts of the 2.5GHz spectrum and parts of the 5GHz/60GHz spectrum to offer what they call 5GX wireless Internet.

“Redzone’s 5GX with millimeter wave significantly increases fixed wireless broadband speed, while substantially reducing network development time and deployment costs associated with fiber based alternatives, said Jim McKenna, president, Redzone Wireless, LLC. “Redzone is driving innovation in the convergence of licensed and unlicensed spectrum to deliver on the promise of affordable next generation 5G gigabit broadband access for underserved areas of the country.”

The best part is Redzone is promising to offer this service at a price point that will be disruptive.

This is not the first time Redzone has offered wireless Internet. Previously they had offered 100 Mbps service in the University of Maine area. Now they are promising that the 5GX service will offer faster speeds at a better price.

No date or exact pricing has been announced at this time. We will have to wait and see what Redzone does next.

Source: Telecompetitor 

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  • Babbette’s Butler

    The term “disruptive” may not be the best term for the idea you’re trying to convey. The sentence ” best part is … price point that will be disruptive” is a meant to be a positive statement, but the word “disruptive” is usually associated with something negative. I realize that one meaning of “disruptive” is “innovative”, but most people don’t think of it that way. I think you should use that term – “innovative” – instead.

    • Joey Wolowitz

      It most likely will be disruptive to the established cable company markets. If it works as advertised, and let’s say they offer 500Mbps with no data cap for $20, what affect will that have on the ISP market in that area?

      • Me

        I doubt if they can offer at that price and stay in business. Second even if they did anyway doubt ISPs go that low. At the end of the day the purpose of businesses existing is to make money. ISPs aren’t making money at $20

        • Dan

          I don’t know about profit margins for ISPs, but I know Comcast offers 25 Mbps for $29.99/mo in my area for the first year with no contract. Verizon Fios offers 50 Mbps for $39.99 for the first year with no contract. Given the overhead of Comcast and Verizon’s implementation: Laying Cable to every neighborhood, people to wire/setup each individual house, and other things I don’t know about…it seems possible if you scrap that overhead for the new wireless 5G implementation, it at least seems feasible that $20/mo internet could be offered. Maybe not initially, but down the road once initial investment costs are covered.

          • Me

            Key word being FIRST YEAR. You pay A LOT more than that afterwards. Plus they have other ways of making that money back. Also there are other costs other than just the cost of data. If someone could offer internet for $20 a month and make money they’d be doing it already.

          • TaiPeng

            I doubt the competition would use Comcast tacics on us. What would be the point? They know we hate Comcast.

          • EF

            Easy to get around first year promos, especially if there are two or more adults in the house. With Spectrum, my wife and I alternate getting first-year discounted internet rates with no contract, and at the end of the year cancel (not transfer) the contract and start a new first-year cycle in the other spouses name. Easy-peasy, worked for the last 4 years of doing this, and sometimes even results in a speed boost for same or lower discount price!

          • TaiPeng

            Yes Comcast will always be more expensive. Soon they will become irrelevant.

        • Dan

          @disqus_mbmJTVp4rR:disqus, no one offers internet for $20/mo yet because 5G isn’t even available yet. I’m not saying it will happen, but it isn’t outside the realm of possibility given the scenario I mentioned. Also, I never pay more than the first year promo so that’s how I calculate my cable bill.

    • HeyRadar

      Using disruptive in this manner made sense to me.

      • Stanley J Ziemba

        Agreed. Disruptive Innovation is a term

        • Babbette’s Butler

          Yes it is, but what percentage of people know that?

  • John

    ‘Disruptive” ? If you are going to use that word you had better explain what you mean. If you mean LOW…say L O W. Is low disruptive? Not for consumers……only for the over charging cable companies in their protected markets.

    • Marc H

      disruptive mean they will cause at least one customer to switch.

    • TaiPeng

      Disruptive to the old businesses. Disruption means innovation. A new way of doing business. Disruption means that they will charge less or be more attractive than the government monopoly as they are in the private sector.

  • Ron

    If their current prices are any indication, then it will certainly be more than I would pay.
    Cheapest plan offered is 5/1 for $29/month
    Highest current speed is 100/100 for $151/month
    Might be an option for very rural areas without other options, but their current coverage area is very limited. I’m only 20 miles from Portland and they don’t offer service in my area.

  • Colton

    I doubt it will disrupt anything in the short term. For those who cannot get wired internet this will be a great option, but regular internet will still be cheaper in the short term at least.

    What would be more disruptive would be a major shift away from WiFi to cellular technology. Imagine every device you owned. Xbox, laptop, desktop, iPad, tv, echo, etc. had cellular built in. I think that’s where everything is going. Get rid of extra price for additional devices on your plan, and allow any device to connect to your “pool” of data. Why do we need WiFi when everything could just be connected to cellular.

    I know there’s benefits to WiFi over cellular, but this is long term thinking.

    • TaiPeng

      100MBps for much cheaper though? That would be disruptive.

      • Colton

        Around here ATT fiber is like 60 dollars a month and you get gigabit speeds. That’s disruptive! Sadly I’m in an apartment that doesn’t get it

    • aerix88

      I could definitely see that. There are some cities and countries that are already covered in Wifi, though. I agree that Wifi is better than cellular… for now. Will be interesting!

      • Colton

        WiFi will always be better than cellular, just like Ethernet is better than WiFi. And while I agree that there is WiFi hotspots everywhere, public WiFi can be dangerous. As someone who uses iPhone, iPad, and Mac to do work everywhere I go I like to know I’m secure. I do use a corporate VPN, but I’d rather have a dedicated cellular connection just for that extra ease of mind.

        For those who just use Facebook I agree public WiFi works, but for more sensitive materials it can be a problem.

        Not to mention more convenient if you travel a lot.

  • Kevin S

    caps?

    • TaiPeng

      I would imagine. If phones have it why wouldn’t this. Although internet companies usually are much more lenient with home internet as they want us to use it and don’t want to tell us how to use our home internet.

      • aerix88

        I’m honestly not 100% sure there will be. Or if there are, that they’ll be very low. Verizon (I know, I know, big grain of salt there) mentioned when talking about their future outlay of 5G markets that there won’t be caps. So I guess a wait-and-see situation.

  • Scott Watson

    I’m still f-ing confused. Is it a great price or a high price?

    • aerix88

      A great price.

  • TaiPeng

    Why Maine? It’s not exactly a technological hub like Denver. So can you game on it?