WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, released the following statement today after the Nebraska Experimental Testbed of Things (NEXTT), led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, was awarded $300,000 from the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
“Nebraska researchers are working on cutting-edge wireless technology with a focus on the specific needs of agriculture and rural America. The proposed NEXTT project will advance rural broadband connectivity, provide food security, build smarter public infrastructure, and improve public safety. I am so pleased that they were selected as PAWR finalists and received this competitive grant.”
NEXTT was selected as one of two finalists in the PAWR program competition to name a fourth city-scale wireless research testbed aimed at studying novel ways to reduce the cost of broadband delivery to rural communities. NEXTT is a networked urban and rural platform for advancing wireless research for the Internet of Things (IoT) to bridge the urban and rural divide. The City of Lincoln has been looking for ways to advance connectivity and partnered with UNL on this effort.
The NSF is providing, through the PAWR Project Office (PPO), funding of $300,000 each to Iowa State University’s ARA and to NEXTT for further platform development work. This funding is designed to allow the platforms to develop a platform design that incorporates various novel broadband delivery technologies for research and experimentation. This work will ensure that the team ultimately selected for the next platform in the PAWR program is positioned for an accelerated deployment process at the start of 2021.
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