January 12, 2012

1st County in America Deploys Super Wi-Fi Network

WHAT'S BEEN marked as a first-in-the-nation launch, New Hanover County, North Carolina, will begin a phased deployment later this month of a "super Wi-Fi" network in the TV white space spectrum.

"We will be using this new technology to extend our networks outdoors into our parks and gardens to provide enhanced services to our citizens," said county Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Jason Thompson."

White space spectrums are created from the area of spectrum that's left over between TV channels. When TV stations switch from an analog spectrum to digital, leftover spectrum remains, freeing up accessible space.

In 2010, the FCC freed up a block of the unlicensed white space spectrum and since then has implemented new rules for its use.

New Hanover County is deploying the super Wi-Fi in three public parks, starting with a playground area.

Currently New Hanover County is the only area in the U.S. that has been certified by the FCC to use the white space spectrum.

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