The Delta County Library district applied for and was one of 5 libraries nationwide that were selected as trial sites for Super WiFi technology. See: http://www.deltalibraries.org/super-wi-fi-pilot/ This technology uses TV whitespace spectrum to wirelessly extend broadband service into non-served and under-served areas. The trial runs through the end of 2013 upon which time, we must either buy the equipment or return the gear to Carlson Wireless, the hardware provider.
We have installed WiFi hotspots on Grand Ave. in Paonia and also in the Paonia Town Park. These hotspots use digital radio hardware provided by Carlson Wireless and WiFi access points ordered from Cisco Meraki. The total cost of this equipment is $ 6,000 and we need to fund $ 4,000 of this in order to make this a permanent offing for the public.
Risks and challenges
We have the equipment in place and running so I view the risks as minimal at this stage. The key challenge is to raise the funds to pay for the equipment so that we can make this permanent. Otherwise, we ship the equipment back to the vendor after the trial period.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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