Usurf Hotspots Rio Rancho

Usurf America has been selected to engineer, implement, and deploy a wireless infrastructure in Rio Rancho, New Mexico

May 4, 2004

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DENVER -- USURF America, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: USUR) , a leading regional provider of wired and wireless high-speed broadband communications services, announced today that it has been chosen to engineer, implement and deploy a ubiquitous wireless infrastructure in Rio Rancho, N.M., a community of 60,000 just north of Albuquerque. The project was a vision of local government, and a subsequent 10-year license agreement was unanimously approved by the Rio Rancho city council. The 103 square-miles of continuous wireless coverage will result from a collaborative effort of USURF and two other technology and telecommunications firms who have a significant presence in the area.

The City of Rio Rancho had been seeking a citywide, high-speed Internet solution for some time. In November, 2003, the City announced that it intended to partner with private industry to install a ubiquitous wireless system to provide broadband wireless Internet access from any location within city limits. It was an ambitious project, with success dependent upon a shared infrastructure in partnership with corporate deployment.

In the five months since adopting the November resolution, City staff met with a number of potential Internet Service Providers (ISP's) and reviewed various technical proposals that combined state-of-the-art networks with varying levels of financial support and experience in providing residential and business customer service. The City prioritized several criteria and contractual conditions in evaluating the proposals.

The criteria included:

  • The service must be ubiquitous, reaching the most remote parts of the City, with a consistent high-quality end-user experience, and the ISP must demonstrate it has a commitment to sustain the system indefinitely.

  • The system will be expanded as new developments are built in other parts of the City.

  • The system's backbone, hardware and software should be readily scalable and upgradeable to address the City's growth and expanding demand.



The proposed citywide network will impact Rio Rancho in numerous areas:

  • The City will be identified nationally as the area to which forward thinking and high tech businesses will want to locate, with a public/private partnership model that other communities will emulate.

  • The State of New Mexico will have incentive to focus on Rio Rancho for locating facilities and projects, in conjunction with the State Land Office and other State agencies pursuing economic development.

  • The City's outlying neighborhoods will no longer have to wait for underground infrastructure development to bring them state-of-the-art technology.

  • Revenues and gross receipts will be generated from entirely new activity.



USURF will use its recently announced proprietary wireless mesh technology, UsurfMesh(C), to meet the requirements of the City Council. UsurfMesh(C) will provide redundant backhaul and optimized data packet routing within a single deployment. UsurfMesh(C) uses standards-based Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g, but can also be extended to any radio frequency technology including Wi-Max 802.16. The mesh network is ideal for applications such as Rio Rancho, which requires mobility and convenience within the boundaries of the network.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for USURF to showcase our proprietary high-speed wireless mesh technology in an unprecedented environment such as Rio Rancho," said Ken Upcraft, executive vice president for USURF. "We will begin beta testing in May and expect to be fully operational by the launch date set for June 26, 2004."

Assistant to the City Administrator, Peggy McCarthy, believes it will attract business and bring a higher quality of life to residents and provide high-tech services to remote areas.

Usurf America Inc.

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