Category Policy

Starving the Beast

The best way to deal with bad behavior is to stop paying the players who are either not delivering what you want or are treating you poorly and either support the ones who are doing a better job or start your own. My own personal example is the way that the independent ISPs were treated […]

Freedom to Connect is Missing an Important Element

If the goal of Freedom to Connect is to show the possibilities and solutions available now to help deliver universal connectivity, then fixed wireless networks and the community of WISP operators need to be part of the discussion.

WISPs vs Telcos

Random thoughts about the WISP industry on a Friday: The entire WISP industry is in many ways a giant collaborative project.   Many of the early WISP pioneers did not have any kind of background in RF or wireless communications.   The initial core of pioneers were independent ISPs that were disgusted with how the telcos […]

WISP White Paper Released Today

I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog lately, mostly because I have been busy working on a white paper for WISPA that covers the advantages of fixed wireless providers and the tremendous value that WISPs bring to our country. I will be presenting on the paper today as the luncheon keynote speaker at WISPAPALOOZA, the […]

Broadband <> Rural Electrification

This simple difference in the economics of deployment enables WISPs to survive and prosper without government subsidies while landline operators are dependent on USF to maintain their wireline plants.

$10 million USDA FAIL!

Today, the USDA announced $103 million in funding for 23 broadband projects in unserved and underserved communities.   I cannot comment on the funding need for all of these projects, but I would like to focus on one that I am at least partially familiar with.    As I scrolled down the list of recipients, I nearly […]

What A Broadband Market SHOULD Look Like

I think it would be instructive to take a look at a place where there is robust private competition in broadband. On the Western border of Nebraska, just across the line from Wyoming, is Scottsbluff/Gering.    Scottsbluff/Gering has a population of 25,000 and broadband is available from ELEVEN different last-mile providers including: 1 Cable fiber/hfc […]

Opening Comments from the USF Workshop

Here is a copy of the opening comments that I submitted for the panel that I participated in this morning.   Enjoy! First of all, I’d like to thank the FCC for inviting the fixed wireless service providers industry to present at this panel.    On behalf of my over 2000 wireless ISP (WISP) colleagues, we thank […]

FCC USF Workshop on April 27

I will be appearing on the Broadband Technology panel at the FCC’s April 27th workshop on USF reform.  We will also be doing live demos of WISP networks blowing away LTE base stations in speed and latency.    I’m looking forward to that part! Here are the details on how to watch or participate in the […]

UBB and the Nebraska Broadband Forum

we simply can’t afford to subsidize fiber networks everywhere right now and its not going to get done based on the current business models unless there is a mechanism to generate some kind of revenue from all of this additional usage