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ERIC Number: EJ1064510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec-10
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
White Space Odyssey: Bringing Big Bandwidth to College Communities
Nichols, Bob
New England Journal of Higher Education, Dec 2013
Many rural areas of the country lack an on-ramp to the information superhighway for people who are looking for educational and professional advancement, which leaves these rural communities frustrated by a situation that puts their residents at a significant disadvantage. This article describes Quick Start and Advanced Internet Regions (AIR.U) as solutions to rural communities' broadband connectivity issues. Quick Start establishes a nationwide collaborative to evaluate, design and deploy high-capacity broadband networks, including a campus and community assessment to identify network expansion approaches that establish sustainable models which will significantly increase the coverage and capacity of high-speed wireless connectivity. By incorporating powerful white space technologies into existing and future broadband infrastructure, AIR.U communities can leverage the extended coverage areas to drive deeper into neighborhoods to provide affordable, scalable broadband access to end-users and create a sustainable ecosystem of broadband connectivity that is aligned with community needs well into the future. For many rural communities, this is the broadband on-ramp they have been waiting for that will allow their communities to thrive in the digital age.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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