Yurok Connect, the broadband project at the Yurok Tribe’s reservation, last week deployed a dedicated public safety link thanks to TV white-space technology. This dedicated line allows public safety agencies to access criminal databases, conduct live trainings and implement emergency services plans.
Seven More Trials in the Works
The project at the Yurok Reservation, located in rural Northern California, is one of eight white-space trials for which the FCC has granted Carlson Wireless experimental licenses.
The other trials, which are still early stages of planning and set-up, are located in rural regions of Alaska, Michigan, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Central Florida and Oklahoma.
Each community in these trials has been struggling for years to get broadband access because of heavy foliage, rugged terrain and scattered populations– environmental challenges that make the deployment of other solutions (fiber, copper or microwave) unfeasible.
CEO Jim Carlson is in Washington D.C this week, reporting about the progress of these projects to the stakeholders at the Wireless Innovation Forum’s White Space Summit.
How Trial Projects Move the Technology Forward
These trials show the kind of real-world solution that TV white space offers for rural communities. Trials also allow Carlson Wireless to advance white-space technology by discovering which aspects of our product can be developed further.