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    Henry Brown

    From Government Computer News:

    Super Wi-Fi uses unlicensed, low-frequency bands in the radio-frequency spectrum — called TV white space — that were opened up by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010 after TV broadcasters switched from analog to all-digital signals. The lower frequency limits throughput but greatly extends its range compared with established Wi-Fi signals, allowing signals that can go for several miles and pass through walls and buildings. It’s seen as a potential solution for bringing wireless service to underserved, mostly rural, areas.

    GLN put out the call July 1 for libraries interested in forming a consortium for testing the technology and got submissions from more than 50 library systems, GLN said in an announcement. It accepted proposals from Delta County, Colo.; Pascagoula, Miss.; Stokie, Ill.; Humboldt County, Calif.; eight libraries in New Hampshire; and four locations in Kansas: Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan and Topeka/Shawnee.

    The library systems will deploy Super Wi-Fi access points on e-bookmobiles and other publicly accessible places, GLN said.

    Libraries, as a traditional source of public information, are a logical place to test the technology. About 15,000 libraries around the country currently have Wi-Fi access, but their short-range signals require people to be on premises. And another 1,500 libraries have no wireless access at all.

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    Henry Brown

    From Gigabit Libraries Network: (includes a great deal more “technical information”

    Announces Results of First National Super Wi-Fi Pilot

    “The fact that we received many proposals from state level consortia on such a tight timeline demonstrates that there’s not only a readiness to address urgent connectivity shortcomings but also a willingness to innovate by public libraries in all parts of the country. We urge every state to consider a Whitespace pilot collaboration to discover how this new open spectrum wireless technology might be deployed to enhance services and/or cut costs,” says GLN Coordinator, Don Means.

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