Spectrum Bridge, Carlson Wireless partner on white space adoption

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Spectrum Bridge Inc. today announced it has partnered with Carlson Wireless to expand adoption of TV white spaces.

The aim: to extend broadband access in rural parts of the country by helping wireless Internet service providers (WISPs) reach so-called "last mile" customers in areas that are geographically unsuitable for deploying fixed or fiber-based broadband services, the companies said in a joint statement.

"Many parts of the country and the world lack high-speed broadband access, due to the physical limitations of traditional wireless network technology," Spectrum Bridge CEO Rod Dir said. "Carlson has been one of the staunchest advocates for rural broadband deployment in the U.S., and we are proud to partner with them as they pave the way in delivering solutions to this underserved market with TV White Spaces."

Carlson's RuralConnect products harness the non-line of sight (NLOS) capabilities of TV white space frequency bands to deliver speeds comparable to traditional wireless networks. That is up to 16 Mbps in the current generation.

Meanwhile, Spectrum Bridge will provide Carlson guidance during the FCC-certification process for RuralConnect and future products and services.

Spectrum Bridge is based in Lake Mary, Fla. Carlson Wireless is headquartered in Arcata, Calif. Both are privately held companies.

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