The first commercial TV white space (TVWS) network cuts over this afternoon in Wilmington, N.C., powered by Spectrum Bridge Inc. and its cloud-based spectrum-management platform.

The first Wilmington broadband application provides the public with Internet access in local parks and broadband for video security surveillance. Comments Ted Davis, chairman of New Hanover County, "This technology has proven to be an unobtrusive, environmentally friendly way to offer services to our citizens and the visitors at our parks, and to give our staff more efficient ways to manage these locations."?

Spectrum Bridge is counting on this first network to act as the prototype for others across the country. “Adopting these innovative ‘smart city’ solutions can assist in driving local economic development and improve the overall standard of living by establishing a better broadband information infrastructure,” the company says.? ?

Here’s how it works: TVWS deployments have excellent propagation characteristics. According to Spectrum Bridge, the frequencies also have superior non-line-of-sight performance that allows the signal to penetrate trees, buildings or rugged terrain at greater distances than other unlicensed spectrum.? ?

Adds Rod Dir, CEO at Spectrum Bridge, "With the explosive demand for spectrum and technology now available to enable more bandwidth, this is a big step forward in developing the next multi-billion-dollar market driven by the innovation of new wireless services."?

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