The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a consortium of 35 leading wireless companies and associations, has announced that a research project led by Iowa State University and its partners is one of two finalists in a national competition for a large-scale wireless research testbed aimed at studying novel ways to reduce the cost of broadband delivery to rural communities. The ISU-led project is titled “ARA: Wireless Living Lab for Smart and Connected Rural Communities.”
Rural broadband is essential to the health of Iowa’s business, educational and social communities. It will be required to enable the promise of digital and precision agriculture technologies. More information about this exciting development can be found in an ISU press release and a Business Record innovationIOWA article.