LIVERMORE FALLS — Both Livermore and Livermore Falls selectboards have approved participating in an application for federal stimulus money to set up infrastructure for wireless, high speed-Internet access.

The Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce intends to apply for the funds to stimulate economic development, said Livermore selectboard Administrative Assistant Kurt Schaub. Jay and Fayette are also invited to participate.

RedZone Wireless is building public/private partnerships around the state, focusing on small- to medium-size communities that either lack access to affordable high-speed Internet, or don’t have it at all, Schaub said. Livermore Falls alone would not qualify for funds because residents have options to high-speed access, Town Manager Jim Chaousis said. However, Fayette residents have limited access and is a good partnership for the towns, he said.

There are no money obligations to the towns to participate, Chaousis said.

RedZone is a network of radios that provides community-wide high speed Internet access for area residents and businesses, according to the company’s Web site. The radios are placed strategically throughout a community in order to provide maximum coverage and system performance. They allow the signal to bounce from one radio to the next as it finds its way from customer to Internet. Only the first radio deployed in a community needs to be wired to the Internet. Additional radios act as repeaters, and carry the signal from radio to radio as the signal travels to and from the Internet and end user.

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