March 12, 2008 By News Report
According to CEO Ed Evans, Stelera Wireless is the first in the nation to introduce this advanced technology and is unique in the deployment of a wireless network that is purely focused on broadband services. "Plenty of carriers are offering voice services and some data services, but we have built a network optimized for the broadband experience," Evans said.
Stelera Wireless is not only one of the first carriers to commercially launch in the AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum, but says it has also deployed this most sophisticated of technologies available globally to address a very underserved market -- rural broadband services. Rural customers, typically the last to receive service and the very last to enjoy the latest technology, will instead have access to services unavailable as yet in the largest cities in the U.S. as Stelera Wireless customers.
The Department of Agriculture loan will allow Stelera Wireless to launch 55 cities in 2008, with an initial focus on communities with less than 20,000 residents where broadband choices are limited and sometimes non-existent. The immediate planned locations are in Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, Oregon and Arizona. Larger markets will be included as growth continues. "This is only the beginning," said Evans.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.