Category Equipment

Last Yard Connectivity Upgrades Needed!

In one of the weird ironies of this business, we now have wireless last mile equipment that is capable of delivering speeds far faster than a lot of the existing consumer indoor routers (wired and wireless) can deliver to the last few yards.

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.

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.

DSL has Jumped the Shark

I came to the conclusion about six months ago that the current generation of commonly used wireless gear (Motorola Canopy and 802.11a/g based gear) is already providing equivalent or better speeds than the DSL that is generally available in the US.

The Story of Medicine Bow – (Part 7 of 8) Through Wind, Rain and Snow

We were finally ready to start putting customers on the new segments of the network and we were able to overcome all of the hurdles that were placed in front of us. Over a period of two weeks, we deployed 100 miles of wireless backbone, six backhaul radios and three access points.

The Story of Medicine Bow – (Part 6 of 8) Connecting the Dots

Looking at a wide area outdoor broadband network from high overhead on Google Earth, it is a series of dots on a map with lines connecting the dots. The dots are the access points and backhaul towers, and the lines are the microwave links between the locations.

The Story of Medicine Bow (Part 3 of 8) – The Other Kind of Wireless

Fixed wireless technology is inexpensive, flexible and has decent capacity. Why isn’t it more popular for broadband in rural areas?

Telco Bypass Surgery

This is one of the most valuable lessons I have learned – never trust the telcos and always have a backup plan.