"AbqGig is pleased to announce today they have won a $10,000 grant from the NSF - Mozilla WINS Challenge to begin transforming Barelas into a Smart Gigabit neighborhood. https://wirelesschallenge. mozilla.org/#winners-2.
February 20, 2018 -- By using the latest millimeter wave (mmwave) technology to connect to the low-cost City of Albuquerque’s public access Central Avenue fiber, AbqGig and their contractor partner CDM Telecom Consultants, will deploy a wireless gigabit demonstration into the heart of Barelas at a fraction of the cost of laying fixed-line fiber.
Modern mmwave technology delivers last-mile gigabit connections wirelessly to homes and businesses. The use of IgniteNet’s patented 60 GHz for the backhaul, and last-mile dedicated access includes traditional 5 and 2.4 GHz spectrum for street-level Wi-Fi for citizens, emergency responders, smart traffic signals, Internet-of-Things, and other Smart City applications.
The Barelas Neighborhood Association, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Barelas Community Coalition, and Casa Barelas, an education/computer lab for local students, all support this project and are eager to see wireless mmwave technology come to their community. They realize that having modern high-speed internet service in the community increases safety and is an economic asset that will strengthen existing businesses and attract new ones.
AbqGig is a non-profit community broadband working group improving internet connectivity in the most underserved neighborhoods. It also seeks to provide advocacy, education, and service for the underserved. For more information, email email@example.com"
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