Gatewave, Radio Reading Service For The Blind, Chooses Rainbow Broadband’s High-Speed Internet For Transition To Times Square

Fixed Wireless Carrier Class Network Made Specifically for NYC Chosen to Supply Audio Service For Listeners Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

NEW YORK – Rainbow Broadband, a fixed wireless carrier class network made specifically for New York City, is providing high-speed Internet to Gatewave, a not-for-profit around-the-clock audio service for listeners who are blind, visually impaired or reading disabled.

Gatewave is relocating its playout automation system to Four Times Square (in a building owned by The Durst Organization) this month and chose Rainbow Broadband, one of New York City's largest and most experienced fixed wireless providers, to power the transition.

Gatewave airs six new hours of content each day for its blind, visually impaired and reading disabled listeners, including verbatim readings of articles from magazines and newspapers. Programs are recorded and edited in eight states before arriving via Rainbow’s broadband Internet to Gatewave’s new server in Times Square. The programs are then heard over special radios in the New York City area, over affiliated radio services in 10 other states, and over the Internet through and mobile apps.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Rainbow Broadband stands as one of New York City's largest and most experienced fixed wireless providers, with a reach of 300+ buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island City, connecting 500+ customers to a collective 12 Gigbs of capacity. Many of the fastest growing companies in social media, digital, finance and beyond count on Rainbow Broadband daily, including Twitter, BuzzFeed, Vice, Kickstarter, Samsung, Adobe, and many more.

  “The system’s relocation from temporary out-of-state facilities to Times Square is an important step for Gatewave, giving it unprecedented reliability and control over its signal,” says Gordon Rothman, Executive Director of Gatewave. “We couldn’t have chosen a faster, more reliable and cooperative high-speed Internet provider than Rainbow Broadband.”

“As someone who worked in the audio and recording industries for decades, I know how important it is to have a reliable high-speed Internet connection to make things run smoothly,” says Russ Hamm, President of Rainbow Broadband. “Given the tremendously inspiring work they are doing for the visually impaired, it’s an honor to help welcome Gatewave to Four Times Square by providing them with the same high-speed broadband that we’ve connected so many other New York businesses with.”



The Durst Organization, founded in 1915 by Joseph Durst, is the owner, manager and builder of 13 million square feet of premiere Manhattan office towers and 800 residential rental units with 1,150 under construction. The Durst Organization is recognized as a world leader in the development of high-performance and environmentally advanced commercial and residential buildings.