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Case Study: Innovative Partnerships Bring Transformative e-Connectivity to Rural Nebraska.

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Paige Wireless has built the first statewide LoRaWAN network in North America in Nebraska. With the town of Arnold and surrounding rural areas being the focal point of its first pilot project, Paige has demonstrated leveraging new technology with existing resources is able to span the rural digital divide this country has been trying to solve for decades.

However, the network does not operate independently. Paige and the Nebraska Cooperative of Internet Service Providers have developed strategic partnerships with existing Nebraska organizations to benefit everyone. 

Some examples include:

  • Leveraging some of Custer Public Power’s towers to deploy their network, creating a public-private partnership.
  • Using the LoRaWAN network and sensors to enable the Twin Platte Natural Resource District’s (TPNRD) innovative groundwater management initiative.
  • Founding the Nebraska Cooperative of Internet Service Providers (NCISP), an internet service provider cooperative formed by existing Nebraska providers to leverage shared resources to deliver exceptional internet service across the state.
  • For the Arnold deployment, the NCISP and Paige Wireless utilized Great Plains Communications’ existing fiber to extend additional wireless offerings and high-speed internet service to surrounding agricultural operations.

The Smith Farm outside of Arnold now has 120mbps internet service to the farm, walk around WIFI at their facilities, and broadband over cropland. They are now able to adopt technologies that will enable efficiencies and increased profitability.

With the combination of the fiber, wireless, and the LoRaWAN network, these enhanced services can be offered to Arnold’s businesses, residents, and surrounding producers.

PRECISION AGRICULTURE

Paige LoRaWAN network and ISP cooperative are uniquely positioned to deliver cutting-edge network designs for precision agriculture. Precision agriculture is the future of Nebraska’s economic engine with an estimated $65 billion in additional gross benefit to the U.S. economy. Enabling adoption of IoT in agriculture can increase profits and efficiencies for producers in the state. 

Using Great Plains’ existing fiber assets, the NCISP was able to extend broadband services to producers and croplands outside of city limits.

CITY ADOPTION OF IOT APPLICATIONS

Paige is working with city leaders to identify ways in which leveraging the IoT can help improve operations. This may include smart meters, water quality sensors, leak detection, or video live streaming.

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