North Carolina Launches First Commercial 'Super Wi-Fi' Network

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News Posted: Fri, Jan 27 2012 2:51 PM
Hey look, North Carolinians, it's a bird... It's a plane ... no, it's the Super WI-Fi! Or, if you want get all technical about it, it's actually the world's first commercial TV White Space (TVWS) network, but Super Wi-Fi, as it's commonly referred to, sounds so much better, even though -- again, technically -- it's not really Wi-Fi since it utilizes the so-called 'white-space' spectrum originally reserved for analog TV bands. It's even slower than regular Wi-Fi, but is able to travel much greater distances and is better at penetrating obstacles, hence the Super Wi-Fi nomenclature.

"We are extremely pleased with the installations of the white spaces systems at our parks and gardens," said Ted Davis, Chairman of New Hanover County. "This technology has proven to be an unobtrusive, environmentally friendly way to offer services to our citizens and the visitors at our parks and to give our staff more efficient ways to manage these locations."


The Super Wi-Fi / TVWS rollout will provide residents living in certain parts of North Carolina with Internet access in places where it was previously unavailable, such as local parks, as well as provide the bandwidth needed for video security surveillance.

"It's exciting to see the first commercial network go live in Wilmington utilizing this unlicensed TV Band spectrum," said Rod Dir, CEO of Spectrum Bridge. "With the explosive demand for spectrum and technology now available to enable more bandwidth, this is a big step forward in developing the next multi-billion dollar market driven by the innovation of new wireless services."
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LLeCompte replied on Fri, Jan 27 2012 3:47 PM

So this is basically like 2g service for a cell phone, only over wifi. This is a cool idea, this would give everyone a chance to have interwebs all over town.

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AKnudson replied on Fri, Jan 27 2012 4:23 PM

yeah so everyone who cant afford 4G isnt left out.

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RTietjens replied on Fri, Jan 27 2012 4:25 PM

The important part of this article: "The Super Wi-Fi / TVWS rollout will provide ... the bandwidth needed for video security surveillance."

Welcome to 1984, North Carolina.

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I guess this is great for a lot of people that can't get intarwebs any other way! There are still millions of people on AOL dialup alone, so I'm sure there's a huge demand for this.

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realneil replied on Fri, Jan 27 2012 10:21 PM

I was stuck on dial-up for years when I lived in an out of the way place in the mountains. It sucked big time.

When I finally moved to where a Cable connection was available, it was a little like hatching from an egg. Wink

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I still remember having SegaNet way back in 2001 when I was in college. I played Phantasy Star Online on the Dreamcast with it. It was awesome! I can't even imagine having to use dialup now. I guess you'd be able to get by with using the mobile versions of websites.

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karanm replied on Fri, Jan 27 2012 11:57 PM

This sounds awesome for tablet users that don't have a 3g/4g connection.

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What difference does it make if the service is going to provide bandwidth for video surveillance. They are going to be providing a service for their community and we are already recorded on video surveillance hundreds of times a day as it is... so whats a few more.

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realneil replied on Sat, Jan 28 2012 11:04 AM

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What difference does it make if the service is going to provide bandwidth for video surveillance.

If I thought that I was going to be in an area that had a lot of video survailence, I'd invest in some 'very colorful' printed T-Shirts. If they're gonna be watching me, they're gonna see what I want them to,...........Smile

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Great news for North Carolina. Hopefully, this commercial launch will be a stepping stone for other launches across the states.

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