Current data from the FCC indicate that approximately 19 million residents in the United States lack access to recommended Internet service levels (25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload speed). Sadly, the rural residents bear the brunt of the burden and roughly 25% lack access. Revolution D has been working with these local officials to try to help them solve their problems.
The fixed wireless technology is a game changer as it can help a telecommunications tower placed in the right spot to deliver internet service to a radius around the tower. The question becomes one of tower placement. To tackle the issue, Revolution D has developed an innovative approach using ESRI ArcGIS, IBM Maximo and IBM Watson. As part of the project, Revolution D is engaging students from the University of South Carolina to help rural residents gain internet access one municipality at a time.