Wireless Partners Announces Pine Tree Development Zone Status And New Chief Financial Officer

 Wireless Partners progresses to bring 4G LTE cellular service to Washington and East Hancock Counties, Maine

Wireless Partners, LLC  announced two significant advancements today in its efforts to bring 4G LTE cellular network and broadband internet to  downeast Maine.

 Wireless Partners, LLC: Received certification with the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) as a Pine Tree Development Zone company.  

They also introduced their new CFO, Michael J. Harder.  Michael has over 43 years of corporate financial, and executive management experience, bringing a very high degree of governance, controls and expertise in financial operations.  Most recently, he was with Oxford Networks of Lewiston and Brunswick and worked to secure $50 million in necessary funding to expand to a fully integrated data and communications operations.  Mike is currently a board member of Pineland Farms Natural Meats and is a Board of Directors Observer at Oxford Networks.  “Mike brings sound management disciplines which is critical for our growth company”, said Robert J Parsloe, CEO and founder.

 The Pinetree Development Zone certification along with the hiring of a new CFO moves forward advances  the effort to enhance service to currently underserved populations and improve the cellular network capabilities for existing Verizon Wireless customers in rural Eastern Hancock and Washington counties. 

 Wireless Partners, LLC is the most recent carrier to partner with Verizon Wireless in their LTE in Rural America (LRA) program.  Verizon Wireless launched this program in 2010 to bring the benefits of high-speed mobile broadband and enhanced communications to rural communities across the country.  “The ‘cellular and digital divide’ is real,” said Robert J. Parsloe, President and CEO of Wireless Partners, “and businesses, schools and families living and working in rural Down East Maine can’t afford to be on the wrong side of it.  Additionally, for the first time, Verizon Wireless customers who reside in and travel to Down East Maine will be able to seamlessly take advantage of LTE broadband services just as they are accustomed to elsewhere in the U.S.  We’re eager to bring a 4G LTE network to this part of Maine and help boost the local economy.”

 

In the first phase, Wireless Partners is building out 32 new sites with 4G LTE coverage. Thirteen of the sites will be located on newly constructed tower structures that will deliver service to populations that have never before had access to true carrier grade high speed wireless mobile voice and broadband Internet service.  The sites will be concentrated along the Rt. 1 corridor between Ellsworth and Eastport and the Rt. 9 corridor (known locally as the Airline Road) between Bangor and Calais.