Largest White Spaces Implementation in the Spotlight October 3-5 in Austin
NORWALK, Conn. – August 29, 2012 -- Telecommunications policy strategist Blair Levin has joined the speaking line-up at the Super Wi-Fi Summit, leading a keynote session on Air.U, the world’s largest White Spaces implementation to date, TMC and Crossfire Media announced. Super Wi-Fi Summit – held October 3-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas -- is collocated with ITEXPO, the world’s largest and best-attended communications and technology trade show.
Levin, former director of the FCC’s (News - Alert) National Broadband Plan, founder and Executive Director of Gig.U, and Communications and Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute, will be joined by GigaOM editor Stacey Higginbotham in a keynote that will highlight how White Spaces provides an alternative use of spectrum and the ability to reach people more efficiently.
“Bringing next generation networks to educational communities and delivering a strategic bandwidth advantage to the United States is going to require new approaches,” Levin said. “That's what Gig.U and Air.U--two complimentary approaches--are bringing to the table.”
The Air U. coalition -- a consortium of over 500 higher learning institutions and tech industry partners like Google and Microsoft (News - Alert) – has catalyzed over $200 million for private efforts to build gigabit hubs in nearly a dozen communities across the country. In the Air U. deployment, White Spaces – unused television spectrum repurposed for wireless broadband services – will bring underserved small college towns access to high-speed broadband.
“The Air U. implementation is accelerating the White Spaces movement from proof of concept to market opportunity,” said Carl Ford (News - Alert), co-founder of Crossfire Media and VP of content for Super Wi-Fi Summit. “We’re thrilled Blair and Stacey will be joining us in Austin and discussing the real White Spaces opportunity as a new wireless broadband solution.”
Additional Super Wi-Fi Summit sessions will explore:
- White Spaces Backhauling the Cache: What is the Opportunity?
- US Roll out Report: Is Adoption Here?
- Standards Update: Using standards to drive White Spaces Innovation and Investment
- White Spaces and the TV Industry: Incentive Auctions & TV Broadband Service
- White Spaces: Base Stations and Edge: The Alpha Report
- The WISPs Perspective: Why WISPS like TVWS
- Sizing the Market Opportunity: Is this a win/win for both the Database Manager and the Device Maker?
- Sharing the Future of Spectrum (News - Alert)
- Database Roundup
Keep up to date on Super Wi-Fi Summit sessions, schedules and speakers on Twitter (News - Alert): @SuperWiFiSummit.
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