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Rural broadband wireless network design package announced

Berkeley Varitronics Systems (, EDX Wireless
(, DoceoTech (, and EGS
Technologies ( have collaborated to develop an
integrated package to help the rural broadband build-out that is part
of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) economic
stimulus package providing broadband access to the rural and
underserved areas throughout the United States.

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA)
is issuing grants through the Broadband Technology and Opportunities
Program (BTOP) and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities
Service (RUS) program is offering grants, loans and loan guarantees
that will fund the build out of rural broadband for municipalities
and state governments, utility companies, and the rural telecom

The collective, integrated package allows for a streamlined
procurement of wireless propagation test equipment, RF planning
tools, geodata tools, and tailored technical training for several
broadband technologies. These include WiFi, WiMAX and LTE, says
Jennifer Duncan, executive director of business development for EDX.

“Our ‘American Made’ Wireless Network Design Package will offer
companies a turnkey solution for their wireless needs.” states Scott
Schober, President and CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems.

This integrated package is scheduled for release in early April,
2009. It has been competitively priced to meet the needs of the
expected applicants and is available as a package from any of the
collaborating companies.

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