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LG-95-18-0153

Califa
Fiscal Year: 
2018
Award: 
$248,300.00
City: 
San Mateo
State: 
CA
Recipient Type: 
Library
Program: 
National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Program Categories: 
Community Anchors - Project

The Califa Group will develop and provide libraries with SecondNet Kits, wide area wireless networks using public spectrum Wi-Fi and TV Whitespace (TVWS) units, each with back-up power and portability, creating a redundant communications capability that strengthens community resilience in times of disaster. The SecondNet project will establish direct links between libraries and other second responders and develop an off-the-grid capability to run public-accessible autonomous communications networks even without the internet and create a national standard of requirements that optimize disaster response capability. These broadband library networks will be in daily use, outside times of disaster, and expand communications access for the public and for second responders when disaster occurs.