An experiment delivering public library Internet access to remote locations is about to get underway. The Manhattan Public Library will test out remote Wi-Fi hot spots at City Park and two other locations in the city to be determined. Launch is expected by the end of March 2014.
The pilot project, Kansas K20-Librarians Whitespace Pilot, is coordinated by the State Library, and also involves Kansas City, Kansas Public Library; Lawrence Public Library; and Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
The consortium of Kansas libraries will work together in this feasibility study to test the strength and speed of signals sent over distances. Kansas was among six consortium or public libraries chosen for this project.
This pilot is an initiative of the national Gigabit Libraries Network’s Libraries Super Wi-Fi Project that makes use of abandoned analog TV frequencies. More information about the national initiative can be found at http://giglibraries.net.