Redzone Wireless LLC, a local wireless Internet service provider, has completed a transaction to acquire and operate GWI’s (Biddeford Internet Corp.) wireless internet network assets, which serve residential and commercial customers primarily in Maine’s Midcoast region and numerous Penobscot Bay coastal and island communities.

“We are pleased to announce this Redzone broadband service expansion," said Jim McKenna, Redzone Wireless LLC president, in a release from the company. "The new areas now covered by Redzone are extremely complementary to our existing network. We are particularly excited to be adding services to many rural and island communities. We respect GWI’s experience in fiber optic network development, and we hope to use GWI’s fiber network resources to support our expanding wireless networks in the future.”

According to the release, through the acquisition, Redzone will immediately provide service to hundreds of new wireless internet subscribers in communities including Union, Jefferson, Georgetown, Somerville, Waldoboro, Northport, Owls Head, Rockport, Lincolnville, Warren and Belfast. Redzone will also serve new and existing customers living on the island communities of North Haven, Westport, Vinalhaven, Monhegan, Matinicus, Squirrel Island and Islesboro.

“Redzone is a state leader in wireless broadband deployment and will be able to leverage their expertise to improve and expand the purchased wireless network. This is an example of two Maine-based companies coming together to help bring better broadband to coastal communities,” GWI CEO Fletcher Kittredge said in the release. "Our company's focus is on fiber-optic deployment and, given our trajectory, selling our wireless assets to a company whose primary attention is on wireless deployment will be better for business and residential customers alike."

Existing GWI wireless Internet customers can visit redzonewireless.com/GWI-Transition or call 596-5700 for detailed information regarding their account transfer to Redzone. Additional financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.