Nearly 100 service providers gathered Friday, March 25 as CEO Jim Carlson offered a live demonstration of the new TV white-space product for broadband.
“It was standing room only at the demo as we put the RuralConnect through its paces,” Carlson said. “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to show WISPs what TV white-space technology can do for rural broadband.”
TV white-space technology is revolutionary because, unlike traditional microwave or Wi-Fi, it does not require line-of-sight to function. This is good news for WISPs, who are now able to bring broadband to rural areas without building large towers or extensive infrastructure.
The demonstration also proved that even in an urban setting like Orlando, which has a population of nearly 2 million, there were available TV channels.
Screenshot of available TV channels in the vicinity of the demo, from Spectrum Bridge’s Show My White Space application
Friday’s demonstration proves that the RuralConnect puts Carlson at the head of the pack when it comes to TV-band devices. As soon as the FCC finalizes the rules for geolocation database providers, we’re poised to debut RuralConnect as the first-to-market TV white-space radio.
FISPA, or the Federation of Internet Solution Providers of the Americas, was created to help member ISPs meet the challenges of operating in today’s ever-changing marketplace. WISPA, or the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, was created to help WISPs in particular to network and find technology. The FISPA/WISPA Service Provider Summit was the first joint conference between the two organizations.
Stay tuned for more details about Jim’s demonstration, including a video!
Featured Image: Jim Carlson prepares for his presentation about the new RuralConnect™ IP, TV white-space radio.