The WiMax network was established in the fall of 2011. In 2010 the FCC, which issued EBS (Educational Broadband Spectrum) to local educational institutions over a decade ago, announced they intended to withdraw the licenses of those school systems who had not built out the infrastructure. Although some of the local schools had leased the rights to private entities during that time, those private entities had not yet built out the network either. Recognizing the value of this capability, the City of Chanute worked with four separate entities to secure the lease rights and built out the beginning of the network. Those schools include:
The network operates at 2.5 MHz, with an download speed of 25 GB. We currently use PureWave radios. We have a protected spectrum covering 35 miles around Chanute. Each of the individual school licenses can be bundled to create additional bandwidth. We are currently beta testing the system. We have three residential, one commercial customer, and one industrial customer beta testing the system. In addition each of the schools have been issued wireless devices to connect 10 computers at locations outside of their campuses for testing as well.
We are very excited about the possibilities of using this infrastructure.