Huntington, West Virginia Offering Free White Space Broadband
Huntington, West Virginia is planning a one year experiment
in which they'll provide free white space broadband to city residents. The technology uses unlicensed spectrum freed during the migration to digital television, and while heavily hyped for several years has largely continued to see niche deployment. Wilmington, North Carolina is the only other major city using white space broadband (and only in parks and for some city functions). Larger scale deployments of the technology have occurred in Kenya and other parts of Africa
courtesy of Microsoft and Google, both eager to cash in on future ad revenue there.
Re: Why? Annnnnnnnnd this is exactly how the incumbent telcos will kill white space broadband -- by labeling it racist
·Verizon Online DSL
The Telco in Huntington The telephone company in Huntington was the Bell System (C&P Telephone). Later on became Bell Atlantic, then Verizon.
And trust me, Verizon WRECKED their W.VA network. When they sold it to Frontier, it was falling off of the poles. Useless.
Frontier is still trying to clean it up today. But even Frontier is a mess itself. Frontier bought the GTE areas in 1993, and on a drive through W.VA you will see TONS of GTE logos and equipment still - Automatic Electric went away in the 80s, but the lawn fridges, T1 repeaters, payphones, all of it says GTE. Central Office still have GTE signs on doors alongside Frontier logos.
You would think that by now Frontier would have put its logo on the equipment by now, but no.
W.VA has a pretty bad telecom situation, if you cant get Cable through Comcast. The small Cable providers tend to suck...
Comcast in Huntington, WV »www.herald-dispatch.com/news/bri···-changes
The City Council started receiving a lot of complaints from Comcast customers back in late March. Council members acknowledged that Comcast is the only choice there and said:
The mayor, myself and other council members would like to see the city go completely wireless," Caserta said. "We are behind the times in this, and that's the only reason we are in this Catch-22 situation.So it seems as if this has been in planning for sometime. Also, interesting that there cable franchise agreement hasn't been renewed since 2008 and is under review.
Chambers said city officials are exploring all options, including negotiations with Comcast for better contract provisions and making the city completely wireless.
Huntington's franchise agreement with Comcast making it the only cable television service in Huntington expired in 2008. However, common law dictates that if both sides continue as if there is still an agreement, then courts view the agreement as still valid, said Bryan Chambers, Huntington communications director.»www.herald-dispatch.com/news/bri···-changes
Huntington's franchise agreement with Comcast is under review, and Chambers said an assistant city attorney is directly involved with the process. He said there are provisions in state law that dictate once a contract agreement is reached, there must be a public hearing where the community can voice opinions or concerns.
Since the above article Comcast has rolled out the X1 Platform to Huntington, WV »www.herald-dispatch.com/business···e-device
[FWIW, the Comcast system in Huntington, WV was formerly Adelphia.]