How Osmosis and 2.5GHz Can Bridge The Digital Divide Affecting Rural Tribal Lands
As 5G rolls out at faster-than-expected speeds for millions of Americans, over 7 out of 10 residents living on US tribal lands continue to live without any access to fixed broadband internet. Vast expanses of these tribal areas still lack a simple cell phone signal.
To tackle this issue, the FCC launched a series of initiatives starting in 2018 aimed at bringing connectivity to rural tribes. They did this by taking a previously under-utilized spectrum – the 2.5GHz band – and repurposing it for use across the United States in tribal areas.
Most recently, the FCC rolled out the 2.5GHz Rural Tribe Window, a first-of-its-kind initiative that gave federally recognized rural Native American and Alaska Native Tribes a “priority window” to apply for licenses that allow them to obtain and use this spectrum.
Tribal entities across the United States successfully applied, and are now starting to receive these licenses to finally bring internet connectivity to their communities.
There’s one major roadblock that still stands in the way, and that is, there is no commercially available hardware to take advantage of this spectrum.
The problem is that our cell phones, laptops, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can’t simply access this new spectrum. It requires special equipment that can tap into the 2.5GHz band and convert it to accessible, usable broadband.
Previously, there was no hardware or equipment available that could solve this problem.
That is, until now.
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Osmosis Nodes: High-Speed Broadband For All
When it comes to bridging the digital divide in tribal communities, Osmosis nodes make internet deployments simple and easy.
Osmosis is a visionary technology that enhances the ability of current infrastructure to extend the range of their existing network coverage without the need for additional laydown of traditional backhaul infrastructure.
Osmosis nodes automatically convert mid-band 2.5GHz into usable high-speed Wi-Fi. It’s a simple solution that brings game-changing internet capabilities to tribal communities and woefully underserved areas of the United States.
These cutting edge solutions have been developed by Wind Talker Innovations, a trailblazing technology company determined to positively impact humanity by re-imagining connectivity by utilizing existing network equipment and devices in non-traditional ways.
Osmosis-powered broadband can enable internet access for students to continue learning and growing at home. It can provide teleworking capabilities for entire communities, and opens the door for entrepreneurs to start and run their own online businesses. It allows patients in rural and isolated communities access to the telehealth treatment and care they need.
It’s a transformational technology that can bring reliable, resilient and scalable network connectivity to rural communities while emphasizing security at every layer.
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