Exeter High grad behind startup offering affordable high-speed internet

HAMPTON — An Exeter High School alum and his business partner have formed a startup company that offers high-speed internet at a much lower cost.

People living in Hampton Beach could be paying between $40 to $85 a month for internet through Airwave Networks, run by East Kingston native Al Datillo and his friend Trent Linville.

The two, ages 22 and 21, met in college at the Florida Institute of Technology when Linville was just launching Airwave. Now, they are on a mission to help customers get out of their cable and internet bundles that can run people well over $100 per month.

“Residents and businesses of the Seacoast have been long overdue for someone new in the market that delivers on the speeds they pay for, all at a reasonable cost,” Datillo said.

How does it work?

Airwave uses radio frequencies to provide low-cost, fast internet service. At this point, they said they are only able to offer their service on a hyper-local level. The service currently stretches from near the Hampton Beach police station on Brown Avenue to just north of Boar’s Head.