Today, Carlson Wireless announces a new partnership with WifiForward, “an ad hoc, broad-based group of companies, organizations and public sector institutions working to alleviate the Wi-Fi spectrum crunch and to support making Wi-Fi even better by finding more unlicensed spectrum.” Other member companies include: the American Library Association, Best Buy, Broadcom, CCIA, CEA, Comcast, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, NCTA, SHLB, and more.
On the main page of their website, WifiForward describes their mission:
“WifiForward wants to bust this bottleneck [(the spectrum crunch)] by freeing up more airwaves for Wi-Fi, using the “unlicensed” spectrum bands—the parts of public airwaves that are not auctioned off for exclusive use—and by making the most efficient and effective use of the airwaves we already have. We are a group of like-minded companies, organizations and public sector institutions who believe that Wi-Fi is critical to the way we live and work today.”
This statement aligns perfectly with our vision at Carlson’s Wireless: “to fuel a movement towards a connected world for all people and things, through next generation wireless communication systems that have the capacity to transform how people live and work around the world.”
With our TV White Space radio, RuralConnect, we aim to spread awareness of the power and innovation behind keeping unlicensed spectrum bands free and open for use. Without unlicensed spectrum in the TV bands, we would not be able to offer this revolutionary broadband technology that can cover long distances through hills, trees and walls, connecting rural communities with strong signals at affordable rates. To learn more about TV White Space, check out our Fact Page or Infographic.
We are truly looking forward to working with the WifiForward coalition in supporting research and beneficial policies for protecting and promoting effective unlicensed spectrum use.