|USDA awards MobiLaps LLC Phase I SBIR
Empowering WiFi-based ISPs to bridge the rural/urban broadband digital divide
|May 15, 2004|
Silver Spring, MD – MobiLaps LLC received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct software-based research to study the feasibility of a patent-pending technology, which will make the emergence and mushrooming of local mom & pop broadband Internet Service Providers (BISPs) in rural areas commercially viable.
The MobiLaps LLC research will address the challenge that rural mom & pop ISPs have in finding an economical mechanism for backhauling local Internet traffic to/from the national Internet backbone. The proposed patent-pending approach will allow rural mom & pop ISPs to piggyback additional commercial services on top of WiFi-based broadband Internet local access. The additional commercial services will be of value to end-users as well as third parties (e.g. advertisers). As such, the additional commercial services will generate additional profits, which in turn can be used to subsidize the cost of T1 line connectivity.
“Being selected as part of this very competitive process is a big honor for us. We look forward to help the agricultural and rural communities overcome some of their challenges by applying state-of-the art IT and wireless technologies” said Dr. Hisham Kassab, President & CEO of Mobilaps. The USDA SBIR program makes competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefit if successful.
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