Best Bright Idea Houston 2011 - Super Wi-Fi
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A team of grad students at Rice University finally figured out a way to make use of those now-defunct broadcast television frequencies — use them to carry a downgraded wi-fi signal to Houston-area homes that previously could not access the free citywide wi-fi network. Student Ryan Guerra created equipment that can "translate" a traditional wi-fi signal to a lower frequency, which can then be carried into homes on the edges of wi-fi networks. A Houston-area grandmother was the first person to host the new Super-Wi-Fi hotspot.