BCoE launches initiative to connect NH libraries

BCoE launches initiative to connect NH libraries

Deployments will use TV White Space technology as connection medium.

The University of New Hampshire Broadband Center of Excellence is leading a statewide collaboration to connect New Hampshire libraries using TV White Space technologies in a first-of-its-kind trial tied to the national Gigabit Libraries Network initiative.

In September 2013, the BCoE began working with equipment providers including Carlson Wireless to map out connections between selected libraries that will make use of TV White Space, a wireless broadband transmission medium that relies on unused microwave frequencies originally dedicated to television station transmissions.

Under the BCoE initiative, TV White Space systems will provide broadband connectivity to libraries in New Hampshire that currently lack broadband capability or are served by existing systems that fall short of delivering full broadband capabilities.  

“We are excited about the possibilities presented by TV Whitespace technology to provide affordable broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved public libraries in the state of New Hampshire. BCoE views TV Whitespace technology as an important tool to connect broadband-starved areas of New Hampshire to the state university system and to the worldwide broadband community,” says BCoE Executive Director Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini in a press release issued by the Gigabit Libraries Network.

Dr. Yassini shared details about the initiative with the New Hampshire House Science, Technology and Energy Committee on Sept. 25, 2013. “This new, innovative technology is reliable. It is low-cost. It is emerging around the globe,” he told committee members who are considering ways to expand broadband access to rural New Hampshire communities. Here's an article on the meeting from the Concord Monitor.

The Gigabit Libraries Network and BCoE also announced in August 2013 a collaboration called the “Libraries Whitespace Lab” to explore emerging applications and related system issues affecting libraries anywhere.