Recently on Government Technology Insider, we published a new podcast on fixed wireless access (FWA). Despite the promises, it holds for improving distance learning opportunities it hasn’t been top of mind for K-12 schools or higher education. But that’s all about to change now that the Infrastructure Bill has been signed. One of the focus areas for investment is cell phone towers which forms the backbone for FWA projects. It’s time for administrators to learn about the capabilities FWA and how it can help build the schools, colleges, and universities of the future.
The past 18 months have been characterized by being remote. Even as our schools, colleges, and workplaces have started to open up, the flexibility of being able to work or learn remotely has remained a valued part of the new normal.
As public sector organizations – including federal, state, and local governments, as well K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities – look to support this hybrid culture, their communications infrastructure needs to evolve to meet the demands of work and learning spaces of the future.
This is where fixed wireless access (FWA) comes into play, and it’s a wireless broadband product that offers similar speeds and capacity that can be a replacement for wired networks. It can offer ease-of-use and consistency for quickly deploying devices for providing more flexibility for enabling remote work environments.
These were the key insights of this Government Technology Insider podcast, on fixed wireless access where Anthony Battista, Managing Director for Solutions Architecture for State, Local and Education Segments at Verizon; and Bryan Schromsky, Managing Partner of 5G Public Sector at Verizon, also discussed ideal public sector uses cases for FWA, and much more.
“We see a lot of different use cases for fixed wireless access,” said Schromsky. “On the local level, it can enhance distance learning where students can get better broadband access, as well as bridge the digital divide in underserved markets. On the state level, it will provide better access to state lottery machines that reside in different areas. On the federal level, FWA will help in monitoring around water, seismic activity, and radiation detection. Having the connectivity outside of the traditional four walls is very unique and exciting for federal agencies.”
Listen to the full podcast below: