Today Carlson Wireless announced their most recent TV white space (TVWS) broadband network deployment, located in the scenic town of Thurman in upstate New York. The network is now connecting residents to economic, educational, and social resources.
Lack of connectivity significantly affected daily life for Thurman residents and many businesses. Unused television frequencies, abundant in rural areas, can easily penetrate undulating topography and foliage. Thurman, which lies entirely in the Adirondack Park, has been largely ignored by private telecom investment.
In a collaborative effort with local providers and the county, the town board and supervisor Evelyn Wood procured a grant from the Statewide Connect New York Broadband Initiative to pay for the installation of a TV White Space broadband network, utilizing ground-breaking new technology.
Jim Carlson, of Carlson Wireless, walked me through his company’s recent developments at Wispapalooza, earlier this month.
White space radios will provide internet service for up to 90 homes around Thurman. Rainmaker Network Services gathered and analysed data to provide insight into the equipment and locations.