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Prince Edward County

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Overview
In Phase 1 our objective was to connect all County government locations and a number of pilot residential and business customers. The diagram below provides a graphical representation of the area that is covered with the understanding that for a customer to be connected, a radio signal requires a direct "line of sight” between the W3 transceiver on one of four Phase 1 green tower locations shown in the diagram and the end-user's customer premise equipment. Line of sight means that there must be a clear unobstructed path between the transmitting and receiving antennas for the radio signal, which otherwise could be blocked by anything in its path, including foliage.
This phase is now complete.

Network Deployment

Phase 1
In Phase 1 our objective was to connect all County government locations and to also connect a number of pilot residential and business customers. Diagram #1 provides a graphical representation of the area that is covered with the understanding that for a customer to be connected, a radio signal requires a direct "line of sight” between the W3 transceiver on one of four tower locations (as shown in the Diagram #1) and the end-user's customer premise equipment. Line of sight means that there must be a completely clear and unobstructed path between the two antennas for the radio signal , which otherwise could be blocked by anything in its path, including foliage.
This phase is now complete.

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Phase 2
In Phase 2 our objective is to provide as close to total coverage as is technically and financially feasible so that residences and businesses throughout the County can be connected to the W3 high-speed Internet network. Diagram #2 provides a graphical representation of the area to be covered by the additional Network Services Areas (NSA) shown in red. It is important to note that the Phase 2 radio equipment works at a lower frequency than the Phase 1 radio equipment, with the advantage that the longer wavelength of the signal will penetrate through foliage. In most cases, the Network Access Points (NAPs) that serve each NSA will be located on County structures such as water towers, existing communication towers, or other sites; in some cases customer towers may also be suitable. Implementation will proceed as quickly as access to and installation on the chosen site locations can be arranged. Completion of Phase 2 is the top priority for W3, as we understand that for our customers, waiting for the connection to high-speed Internet service is only slightly less frustrating than waiting for large files to arrive on their current dial-up lines.
This phase is currently in progress.

Phase 3
Over the longer term it is expected that the number of end user customers will be constantly growing, as will our Customers' use of the Internet. To accommodate this growth, the W3 network is easily scalable to facilitate the installation of additional Network Access Points (NAPs) to increase network capacity. Furthermore where economically feasible, W3 will install additional NAPs to provide services to customers in the most isolated areas.
This is currently in progress.

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