- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) - A Camden-based internet service provider wants to fast-track development of broadband wireless networks in rural Maine in exchange for a five-year service commitment.

Expansion of broadband has been a hot topic in rural parts of Maine, where leaders say it is needed to grow business and access to education.

Now, Redzone Wireless says it has committed $1 million for a funding program for rural municipalities to increase high-speed internet. It calls the program “Fast for 5.”

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2ar4woC ) reports that communities that apply for and receive public grant funding may also qualify to participate in Redzone’s new broadband funding program.

Maine ranks near the bottom of the states for its quality and availability of broadband internet services.

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