Declaration Network Group (DNG) plans to expand its broadband network initiatives in Morgantown, West Virginia. In July of 2013, West Virginia University became the first university in the United States to use vacant broadcast TV channels to provide the campus and nearby areas with wireless broadband Internet services.
The university partnered with AIR.U, the Advanced Internet Regions consortium, to transform the “TV White Spaces” frequencies left empty when television stations moved to digital broadcasting into much-needed connectivity for students and the surrounding community. DNG is a founding member of AIR.U. The initial phase of the network provides free public Wi-Fi access for students and faculty at the Public Rapid Transit platforms, a 73-car tram system that transports more than 15,000 riders daily. At this time, DNG’s TV White Space network is believed to be the largest in the U.S.
DNG is now in the development stage of a Connected Community program for WVU which will provide seamless anywhere, anytime access. The Connected Community plan will assist in providing students with the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing society.
It will also promote sustainable economic development and a cultural environment that will improve the quality of life throughout the state. Overall, Connected Community will strengthen relationships with alumni, stakeholders, and the communities that neighbor West Virginia University campuses.
In addition to DNG’s campus efforts, the company has plans to build a downtown virtual private network that will support the city’s business district. A municipal airport network will also be constructed, with applications to serve airport personnel as well as passengers.
DNG’s expanded activities are expected to continue throughout 2015.
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