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WiMAX Brings Needed Internet Functionality to Houghton

By Wil Payton

Northern Michigan University students will soon have new options for broadband access.

Northern Michigan University has partnered with BB Telsys, a Grand Rapids telecommunications company, to bring WiMAX to the Houghton community.

WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a communication technology for wirelessly delivering high-speed Internet service to large geographical areas.

When the system is fully developed Northern Michigan University students with WiMAX capable laptops will be able to use it without a fee. It will also have the potential to generate revenue because the high-speed Internet service will be available for purchase in downtown Houghton region, Hancock, and the Michigan Technological University campus.

“This was a great opportunity that came up for NMU,” said John Marra, director of technical services. “Initially (BBTelsys) had the spectrum and needed to use it or they would lose their license.”

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