WINSTON-The Rural Internet Access Authority (RIAA) is planning Southeast Wireless 2003, a conference to discuss wireless technology trends and the impact on the Southeastern United States.

Attendees will discuss trends and find out how they can and do affect them. Also on display will be the latest in wireless Internet information, deployment, policy and security issues. IT professionals, business, education and civic leaders will be in attendance.

Southeast Wireless 2003 will be held on Dec. 2, from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the M.C. Benton Convention & Civic Center in Winston-Salem.

Among the exhibitors will be Goose Creek Communications, a RTP startup focused on wireless solutions.

Goose Creek plans to showcase wireless local area network and wide area network engineering and installation services.

“Users of our services range from businesses to Internet service providers wanting to go wireless,” says Matthew Gunter, the company’s founder and a radio frequency engineer. “In addition to our other wireless LAN services, we will be demonstrating a hosted wireless security hardware and software package from Elixar, Inc. The combination of our custom integration services and Elixar creates a more flexible and cost effective wireless LAN security package compared to what other distributed security vendors offer.”

Goose Creek also will introduce a Linux-based wireless solution called NoCatAuth. “The system can be configured for both private wireless LAN and community wide wireless WAN,” Gunter says.

To register or for more information about the program, visit the RIAA website, e-mail or call 1-866-NCRURAL.

The Raleigh-based RIAA, soon to be the e-NC Authority, is the group leading the e-NC Initiative to connect all North Carolinians to the Internet.

Southeast Wireless 2003 is sponsored by the N.C. Consortium of Internet Service Providers, QualComm, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Wind Channel Communications and the Business Information Group.