Libraries Super WiFi: National Pilot

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This group is exploring uses for newly available unlicensed spectrum called White Space to support remote library and school wifi hotspots in their communities.   Visit the Gigabit Libraries Network page for details on the open call to participate.
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James Werle
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Don Means
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<p class="p1"><b>West Virginia University Flips Switch on &quot;Super Wi-Fi&quot; System&nbsp;</b></p><p class="p2">&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Morgantown, W.Va. --&nbsp;<b>West Virginia University</b>&nbsp;on Tuesday became the first university in the U.S. to flip the switch on a system that uses vacant broadcast TV channels to provide the campus with wireless broadband Internet services. The initial phase of the project, built in partnership with the Advanced Internet Regions (AIR.U) consortium, utilizes &quot;TV white spaces&quot; -- frequencies left empty when television stations moved to digital broadcasting -- to provide free public Wi-Fi access for students and faculty at tram platforms. The technology has been dubbed &quot;<b>Super Wi-Fi</b>,&quot; since TV band spectrum can allow networks to broadcast Wi-Fi connections over several miles, as well as through hilly and forested terrain. &quot;This may well offer a solution for the many West Virginia communities where broadband access continues to be an issue,&quot; said&nbsp;<b>John Campbell</b>, the CIO at West Virginia University.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p><p class="p3"><span class="s1"><a href="http://m1e.net/c?162037343-axVnTfXEPDwTs%4026810104-4T5jpxlWPkzJ%2e">http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/07/09/nation-s-first-campus-super-wi-fi-network-launches-at-west-virginia-university</a></span><span class="s2">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p>
<p>Ars Technica article published today. &nbsp;Thanks for sharing, Don!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/07/white-space-internet-may-finally-spread-through-us/">http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/07/white-space-internet-may-finally-spread-through-us/</a></p>
<p>Lots of great applications are coming in from libraries across the country to participate in the first national scale pilot of new White Space wireless communications technology.</p><p>See details on the Project page at http://GigLibraries.Net</p><p>Join in!</p>