AIR.U, a new coalition by GigU (whose efforts to improve broadband connectivity we recently covered
) is planning to bring white space broadband (aka Super Wi-Fi) to under-served campuses and communities nationwide. According to the project's press release
and associated FAQ
(pdf), the project was developed after numerous, more rural colleges, noted that the GigU project likely wouldn't be bringing fiber to their neck of the woods anytime soon. In response, the AIR.U coalition was formed to design and implement White Space broadband networks they believe should be able to offer 10Mbps per 6MHz channel -- with a maximum range of six miles. The AIR.U consortium hopes to have one or more pilot networks operational by the first quarter of 2013.