CBRS Private LTE Network
Using publicly-accessible airwaves through the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), our coalition is working together to implement a private LTE network in South Bend. The primary use of this network will be to connect South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) students in their homes, while additional capacity will be used to pilot smart city technology. The University of Notre Dame's Wireless Institute will research the network's performance to inform the next generation of wireless connectivity.
Affordable Connectivity Program Outreach
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new federal initiative providing $14.2 billion in discounts to connect low-income families to the internet. Through participating providers, eligible customers can receive a $30 monthly discount on broadband service and a $100 discount on a device through ACP. Uptake of this program is low in our area, and we are leveraging our network to connect with community organizations to promote these resources.
Mobile Data Measurement Project
We estimate about 15% of South Bend residents rely solely on their phones for internet connectivity. However, we have limited data about the quality and speed of these connections throughout our city. To address this, we are equipping city solid waste vehicles with sensors to perform speed tests in every part of South Bend, with software and analysis provided by the Wireless Institute.
Interested in learning more?
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