With over 34 million people in the US, and over 3 billion people worldwide, who do not have access to broadband, Skylark Wireless is uniquely positioned to bring high-speed internet to the next billion people.
I met Clay several years ago when he was working at Microsoft Research for Victor Bahl in the area of MIMO antennas systems in the UHF band. While I am not particularly current on activities at Skylark, Microsoft is interested in advancing TVWS technology and technologies in other unlicensed band so the work at Skylar with MU-MIMO is quite relevant. I look forward to learning more.
I strongly recommend Skylark Wireless for the Microsoft Airband Initiative. As an early stage startup working on long-range high-speed wireless solutions, their vision of bringing broadband internet to rural and under-served communities worldwide is perfectly aligned with the Airband Initiative. They have a world-class team of young researchers and engineers, and I have personally worked with one of the founders, Clay Shepard, here at Microsoft Research deploying a multi-cell MIMO TV Whitespace research network on our Redmond campus (which actually employed early versions of Skylark hardware). Their 5G technologies are optimized for long-range high-speed point-to-multipoint connectivity, and drastically changes the economics of serving rural areas; I am confident that Skylark will be able to deploy a high-performance wireless broadband network in West Virginia, demonstrating unprecedented range and capacity and paving the way for similar deployments worldwide.