May 21, 2003 By Tod Newcombe
The service is providing individuals, businesses, schools, and first-responders high speed Satellite access to the Internet.
The Golden Valley Fire Department (GVFD) is one of the first subscribers on the Network. GVFD is a member of the regional Hazardous Materials units and will use the system to more effectively access HazMat information, retrieve and file state reports. Prior to the installation of the SkyFrames Satellite in the region, GVFD only had dialup access. "The ability to have high-speed broadband access will make a huge difference to the department and the community," stated Fire Chief Harold Nystedt.
Chief Nystedt is an 18-year veteran of the fire department and is part of a team that includes two fire stations covering a service area of 120 square miles including a chemical plant. "The SkyFrames system and Wi-Fi network will allow GVFD to communicate more efficiently between the fire stations, with other first responders and have timely access to state and federal homeland security databases and alerts." Microsoft's' NetMeeting has been installed and VoIP applications are being considered.
For the first time residents and businesses surrounding Golden Valley will have access to T1 broadcast speeds. There will be a combination of wireless connectivity solutions that will include 802.11 and omni-directional radio frequency antennas. Each subscriber affiliated with the Arizona High Speed Access ISP will receive their own IP address and will be responsible for paying monthly broadband subscription charges.
"The initial response has been tremendous," according to Barry Wilkinson, of Arizona High Speed Access. "We signed up nearly 80 subscribers in only three days. The SkyFrames' Service is cost-effective and reliable compared to the offerings from other telecommunications companies. I have spent months waiting for a T1 to be installed by AT&T, my business and my customers just could not wait any longer."
Rural wireless broadband services are expected to ramp up throughout Arizona and the Southwest. "Businesses, municipalities, schools, hospitals, and individuals have been under-served in this part of the country. There is plenty of demand in this community and others as demonstrated by our first- time subscribers. The Arizona High Speed Access ISP initiative will fill the gap in Golden Valley and other communities across the Southwest," stated Barry Wilkinson.
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