James O'Neal /
11.04.2013 03:48 PM
Rural N.Y. Community Builds White Space Wireless Broadband Net
Lower TV channel frequencies key to overcoming terrain and foliage issues
THURMAN, N.Y.—Some time ago, a small Adirondack town, located some four hours from New York City, pegged its wish for community-wide wireless broadband communications on the availability of TV white space spectrum. That wish has now been granted.

Thurman, a community of 1,200 inhabitants, is located in a mountainous region of upstate New York and had wanted to implement affordable wireless broadband Internet access, but was stymied by rugged terrain and dense foliage that made conventional line-of-site wireless technology a non-starter.

Through a collaborative effort with local broadband providers and the country, Thurman town officials procured funding from the Statewide Connect New York Broadband Initiative and set about to implement a wireless broadband network using the lower spectrum frequencies afforded through unused television broadcast channels. That white space spectrum-based network is now operational and providing Thurman residents with community-wide wireless connectivity to the Internet.

The white space wireless network design was handled by Arcata, Calif.-based Carlson Wireless Technologies, with implementation was provided by Rainmaker Network Services, which is based in Chestertown, N.Y.

Additional information about other Carlson white space wireless broadband projects is available at online here and here.

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Friday 01:36 PM
Making a Scene in London
Holly Ashford of TVB Europe

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology