Telehub 1.0


Telehub 1.0

Telehub 1.0

“Creating Giant Steps… Together”

Cover the community with networked “Satellite Centers” where students and other community residents can go to work on their homework assignments and projects, using the latest computer technology, within walking distance if their homes.

Allied Signal -- 1990
$25,000 --> Enable creation of first computer lab. 15 x386sx PC and a print server
Microsoft Donated Software. User Licenses, Servers, Desktop Applications

General Electric - 1998
$20,00--> Lab 2 & Server Room Expansion

Waitt Foundation- 2000 - August
Waitt Foundation

Sprint - 2000 - November
93 Endpoints -- 7 Sites

GE Employees Reinsurance Corporation- 2001 - August
GE Employees Reinsurance Corporation

Department of Education- 2001
216 Endpoints -- 15 Sites 180" Ft Communication Tower -- Network Extension with VPN Technologies
3 Year Data Center Plan

Sprint - 2004 - October
WiMAX Testing
Dragon Wave - Sprint / DuBois High Capacity Wireless Network Proposal
Red Line Communications - - The DuBois Project


Telehub - A Viable Solution to Digital Divide
DLC Telehub Offerings

Proposals to Sprint

1999 DLC Needs Identified to Sprint
1999 Proposal to Sprint --Build a Technology Center
1999 Proposal to Sprint --Upgrade for existing ISDN Circuit

Other Documents

2000 Youth Opportunity Program Applciation
Research Aide for Verbiage Used Original RFP
2000 - SPRINT Funded Wiring Program
2000 May - RFP for Sprint Funds

KC Call - Community Erection of Communication Tower
KC Call - Beacon of Hope

DLC Telehub Briefing
Expansion Plans
General Mills Proposals

Lesson Learned

  • Dumb Terminals --> Premise Validated: Virtualization Reduces Cost of Ownership

  • Need for License Links -- Links connectivity lost due to spectrum congestion

  • Funding Sources for New Technology

  • Wireless Network Extension utilizing VPN Technology

  • Existence of Community Passion for Projects of Need
  • Telehub

    Telehub 2.0

    Telehub 1.0

    2000 - November

    2001 - August

    2002 - August


    History of our Logo


    W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center TeleHUB Logo

    The W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center embarked on a project to construct a onsite satellite tower, which was used to provide wireless internet service and remote software to area churches, youth organizations, and school programs, providing inner city youth the opportunity to use innovative technology so that they can advance scholastically. To celebrate the completion of this project, we were asked to create a icon. "The Beacon of Hope," which the tower was named, was iconized and use in animated web commercials on the Learning Center's website.

    2003 - August

    Sprint / DuBois WiMAX Testing

    The telehub model was considered very successful, and replicable. The DLC began to receive requests for services and expansion from other parts of the urban core. With financial resources provided through a grant from the Department of Education and corporations such as General Electric, the capability to accommodate these requests was accomplished by erecting a 190 ft. tower to transmit over longer distances.

    The second phase of the telehub Creating Giant Steps...Together development was completed in October of 2002, and the network has grown to include computer technology labs in thirteen area satellite sites with over 145 access points. The registered user base experienced a 21.6% increase in the eight month period ending in May of 2003. The base has continued to grow and currently reached over 2,600 users. Two additional sites are under development during the summer of 2003.

    There were a substantial number of additional requests from other churches and centers in the community, and funding to develop the infrastructure needed for additional expansion was sought on an ongoing basis. Word of this success has also reached other cities, generating additional interest. In 2003, the DLC established a network link to Detroit, Michigan, demonstrating that the Telehub can be replicated and grow to accommodate satellites locally and throughout the country.

    Challenges associated with implementing infrastructure to support line of sight requirements was identified. Sprint through our partnership, offered to solve this challenge by utilizing Telehub as their test bed for WiMAX solutions testing in November, 2004. Red Line Communication and Dragon Wave both submitted proposals to connect sites on our waiting list. Agreement was constructed that Sprint would supply the tower space and the equipment to connect sites on our waiting list. Once testing was concluded the infrastructure would become property of the Telehub. Caveat was the Telehub had to provide $100K as earnest money on equipment being purchased.

    Dragon Wave

    Redline Communications