Wireless transmission solutions provider Aviat (News - Alert) Networks is partnering with West Virginia to help push broadband connectivity to the far reaches of the state.
Aviat will be charged with the task of expanding the state’s existing microwave public safety network to connect more than 1,000 state institutions at speeds of up to 45 Mbps. These facilities include public safety agencies, public libraries, schools, government offices, and other community institutions statewide.
Local Internet service providers will also be allowed to tap into the network – a move that is expected to provide high speed broadband access to more than 700,000 homes and around 110,000 West Virginia businesses.
Aviat says that deploying a microwave solution – rather than a fiber network – will be less costly and more practical. The California-based company has been working with the state of West Virginia for more than 30 years on microwave transmission solutions and services.
The current project, set to be completed by the end of 2012, will result in a new high-speed IP-based overlay microwave network based on Aviat's advanced Eclipse Packet Node platform.
West Virginia officials said that the project is particularly critical for first responders who need to stay in constant communication during everyday operations as well as during disasters.
"One cannot place a value on saving human lives," Joe Gonzalez Director of Communications, Office of Emergency Medical Services, noted in a statement. "The microwave system is about saving lives. Just as arteries carry the vital blood of life, the microwave system carries the vital communications for West Virginia."
Deploying high-speed wireless networks nationwide is a key goal for the Obama administration, and one that is being pushed by a number of state governments. In his latest State of the Union address, Obama said that the government is working to roll out high-speed wireless to 98 percent of all Americans within the next five years.
The wireless push a vital aspect of the president's plan to turn around the sluggish economy and create new jobs.
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Edited by Rich Steeves