Category Last Mile

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 to AT&T Customers – We Got This

Here is the message to AT&T from the 2000+ WISP operators around the US – “Don’t worry bro, we got this.”

Dropping the Dish – Update

I cut the satellite cord back in June, and after a few months I have no desire to go back.   The only things that I have missed have had to do with sports:   one Nebraska football game that was on the Versus network (although I did find a low-res online feed), the baseball playoffs (although […]

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.

The Dangerous Obsession With Ultrabroadband and Clouds

A discussion on one of my wireless ISP mailling lists caught my attention and I thought it was worth sharing. — On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 11:28 PM, Ken Hohhof  wrote: So the government has to foster development of killer apps that need >100 Mbps Internet? http://www.nsf.gov/cise/usignite/ —The response from my good friend John […]

$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 […]

Bandwidth Caps – One Year Later

The money generated by UBB is helping us build a better network that can meet the needs of our customer base even as they double and triple their typical bandwidth utilization.

Cutting the Cord and Dropping the Dish

we have better content at our fingertips, a higher quality picture on the channels that we watch the most and a lot more enlightened approach to watching television.

Rural Broadband, Picture Essay

I awoke to a beautiful day today, with that special kind of appreciation for nice weather that native Midwesterners have.    We live through four seasons and all the joys and hazards that each one brings, so it is especially nice when we get a breezy, temperate day that is perfect for doing things outside in […]