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Trillion, Optasite Launch Mobile Wireless Program

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Wireless services provider Trillion has launched a partnership with Optasite, a mobile phone tower company, to "enhance mobile wireless communications and increase safety for school districts and their surrounding communities." The program aims to lease unused parcels of land within districts and provide revenues to them through the land lease while also increasing mobile coverage in surrounding areas.

Trillion is a company that has worked with school districts in the past. Back in April, it completed construction of a high-speed wireless network serving 31 school districts in Southwestern Minnesota for the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperatives, covering nearly 7,000 square miles. It's been involved in similar large-scale wireless deployments in previous years, including Amarillo Independent School District in Texas in 2005 and several hundred schools in the Southeastern United States in 2003.

Through the new Trillion-Optasite program, unused parcels of land are leased from from school districts to host carrier equipment. Districts receive revenue from the lease arrangement, and mobile coverage is improved in the surrounding areas, while also providing schools will access to a variety of mobile wireless services.

"The Optasite-Trillion Joint Venture offers a turnkey solution for school districts handling all aspects of construction, permitting, and carrier relationships. Trillion remains the single point of contact for all school districts that participate in the program," according to the companies.

The program is open to existing and new Trillion education customers. More information about the program can be found at Trillion's site, linked below.

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