Frontier and CenturyLink to Test Fixed Wireless Broadband

by | Oct 17, 2017 | Blog, News/Trends | 0 comments

Frontier and Centurylink have asked permission from the FCC to test the 3.4 and 3.7 GHz fixed wireless spectrums.

Earlier this month, Frontier revealed that they were conducting tests to improve rural broadband connectivity with fixed wireless. Today, 34 million Americans still lack broadband internet access.

There has been a growing interest in closing the digital divide between Urban and Rural America. Just like electricity, High-speed internet is being considered as a necessity and not a luxury.

The Democratic Party recently revealed that it is pushing a budget of 40 billion dollars to bring high-speed internet to rural areas. Fixed wireless is only one of the solutions. For example, Microsoft announcing this year a plan to devote unused TV airwaves for wireless data. And CenturyLink is looking to partner with other providers to roll out future 5G wireless networks. Finally, service providers are also looking at satellites to beam internet signals to rural areas.

The future of rural broadband may not be here yet, but it’s promising.

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