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Better than TV! White spaces bring wireless bonanza to West Virginia

John Cox | Jan. 23, 2014
A white spaces network at West Virginia University is the first step in piggybacking Wi-Fi clients onto a bonanza of new spectrum that's ideal for mobile users.

A white spaces future
The next step, says WVU CIO Campbell, is phasing in similar packages Adaptrum radios, Cisco access points, cabling and power — on the 70-odd PRT cars, which are stubby four-wheel vehicles, sporting WVU's blue and yellow school colors, and running along a raised channel, with room for about 10 to 12 passengers. Users will be able to take a seat for the ride's duration and stay connected the whole way. The university is also talking with Morgantown city officials about white space use for police and fire departments, and other city agencies eventually.

"White spaces will be more reliable than cellular signals," Campbell says. "And it travels better in the nooks and crannies of the valleys of West Virginia."


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