White Space Network Arrives in Northern California

  • Cal.net
  • Carlson Wireless Technologies
ARCATA, CA - Carlson Wireless Technologies, a provider of commercial-grade TV White Space (TVWS) broadband networks, is bringing high speed Internet to the rugged landscape of northern California’s Gold Country. The deployment represents the nation’s first independently funded TVWS networks.

White spaces are unused TV channels, whose powerful signals can travel over rough, tree-laden terrain. This long-awaited broadband solution avails rural customers of all the benefits of today’s Internet. Thanks to the pioneering efforts of an El Dorado County wireless Internet provider, Cal.net, many Gold Country businesses and residents now have access to these previously unattainable resources.

“Over 59,000 residents in our rural service area have had little or no quality Internet access,” explained Cal.net CTO Ken Garnett, who began investigating White-Space technology several years ago. “When I discovered Carlson, their White-Space network equipment was a quantum leap ahead of all other contenders. This new product allows us to serve a large contingent of these people.”

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“Carlson specializes in rugged territory,” noted Jim Carlson, CEO of the Arcata-based RF design firm. “Rural broadband has long been the focus of our efforts, and we knew as soon as the FCC set aside TVWS for broadband that this would be the preeminent solution for rural areas.”

Carlson and Cal.net formed an alliance and set out to tame the wild territory. Armed with an FCC-granted Special Temporary Authority to validate the efficacy of the product in real-world scenarios, the partners have commenced the world’s first large-scale deployment of commercial TVWS products. The project comprises multiple transmission sites delivering broadband to several hundred heretofore unserviceable subscribers in El Dorado County. The success of their project will help qualify the potential of TVWS and provide a hopeful outlook for millions of other rural Americans awaiting quality broadband.

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