Rural areas like Door and Kewaunee counties could get consistent access to broadband internet via the frequencies that local television stations gave up after converting to digital broadcasts in 2009. The process is called TV White Space delivery. Cory Heigl, Vice-President of Packerland Broadband in Iron Mountain, Michigan, says the process allows wireless broadband signals to be received clearly in hilly or wooded terrains. Heigl says TV White Space is already working in parts of Michigan and Wisconsin.
Heigl says while wireless broadband is not a new concept the previous systems were based on line-of-sight. Those were subject to blocking by obstructions like buildings and trees or hilly terrain.