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Thu Mar 11, 2021, 03:01 AM

New Idea to Spread Internet Access in Rural Areas: Drones

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (AP) ó Students in northern Wisconsin school district without reliable home internet will soon be able to connect to their school networks via a drone-powered cellular signal.

The project comes from a Wisconsin startup via a state-funded pilot program in the Eagle River area. Wisconsin Public Radio reports the goal is to test the use of drones as a way to expand internet connectivity into rural areas.

The partnership is between the new company, Wisconsin Telelift, and the Northland Pines School District. The drones will be fitted with cellphone towers that let students throughout the district get online ó even in areas where cellphone service and broadband access are spotty.

Internet access is a difficult issue in the district, which spreads across 435 square miles in Vilas and Oneida counties. School administrator Scott Foster says up to 15% of the districtís 1,300 students just donít have it at home. Half donít have it reliably.

Read more: https://spectrumnews1.com/wi/milwaukee/news/2021/03/11/new-idea-to-spread-internet-access-in-rural-areas--drones

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TexasTowelie Mar 2021 OP
NJCher Mar 2021 #1
Ferrets are Cool Mar 2021 #4
NJCher Mar 2021 #5
Ferrets are Cool Mar 2021 #6
NJCher Mar 2021 #7
Ferrets are Cool Mar 2021 #8
soothsayer Mar 2021 #2
Ferrets are Cool Mar 2021 #3

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 03:35 AM

1. Last paragraph

Tells of recent technological development that keeps the drone afloat. Very exciting!

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Response to NJCher (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 09:12 AM

4. I've been flying drones for profit for several years...

I can't imagine one attached to the ground with a power cord.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 10:32 AM

5. for this purpose

I would think it's appropriate. But what do I know? I've never flown one.

How do you make money with a drone?

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Response to NJCher (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 10:48 AM

6. I am a RE photographer.

So, I take aerials of homes that are close to rivers, lakes and the ocean. It makes a big difference in how quickly the property sells.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 11:31 AM

7. sounds like fun

and I'll bet you have a lot of demand up there in Wisconsin. My aunt had a vacation home up there in Tomahawk.

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Response to NJCher (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 12:53 PM

8. Actually, I'm in Mobile AL

So yes, lot's of opportunities in that I live right on the Mobile Delta and an hour from the Gulf of Mexico.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 06:29 AM

2. Cool, wouldn't balloons be simpler?

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 11, 2021, 09:10 AM

3. +1

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