Category Wispa

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 […]

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 […]

State of the WISP Industry

Fiber is the end game, but fixed wireless is perfectly capable of standing in for several years while the business models for fiber deployments improve.

The WISP Manifesto

Brian Webster made the following statements in an email thread about WISPs and the government last week: “Think about it as a politician for a moment: Do you make spectrum available for free to give to a bunch of rag tag independent operators who don’t like to file their government compliance reports, OR Do you […]

Meet me in St. Louis – at the WISPA Regional Meeting

Today I am settling in at the Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis for the WISPA Regional Show. What a great event this is going to be. This is the first time in a long time that there has been a gathering of WISPs and WISP vendors of this size. It is great to see many […]

Broadband Mapping Fiasco Part II

Apparently my tirade about broadband mapping reached a few ears in Washington, as the NE PSC called me this afternoon to let me know that the NTIA is willing to accept shape files and is willing to relax some of the data requirements in order to get fuller representation from WISPs.

Broadband Mapping Fiasco

The broadband mapping program as currently constructed will be another inaccurate representation of broadband coverage and that information will be used to develop policy and programs that will make the competitive environment for WISPs and other independent ISPs even more difficult to succeed in.