Apply now to participate in rural broadband pilot program

rural america

Attention ISPs and community advocates! The FCC has created a Rural Broadband Trials Program whose goal is to bring high-speed Internet access to those areas of rural America that still suffer from abominable broadband service. You can apply now to participate in this program and help solve this problem. You should submit an Expression of […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 50: Cry “Havoc!” And let slip the dogs of war

Interesting fellow that Shakespeare because not only did he write plays, he also acted in them. And although Tales from the Towers doesn’t hold a candle (pre-electric times, you can groan now) to Mr. William’s contributions to culture, I have a double life too. If you haven’t guessed it yet, writing articles really isn’t my […]

Tales from the Towers Chapter 49: Ubiquiti versus Cambium, Round 2

ubiquiti nanobridge

One thing I’ve noticed is that the article comparing Ubiquiti and Cambium seems to be the most read of everything I’ve written (see Tales from the Towers Chapter 35: Ubiquiti versus Canopy/Cambium for WISPs). With the new ePMP from Cambium (and just this moment while I’m writing this, the PTP 650 announcement shows up in […]

Tales from the Towers – Chapter 48: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, err Cargo Vans

In this 48th installment of Tales from the Towers, Rory Conaway provides wireless ISPs with valuable information on the kinds of vehicles that work best (mechanically and financially) for the wireless ISP who has to drive a lot. He also provides tips on how to maintain those vehicles. I like cars. I’ve been a car […]

Tales from the Towers – Chapter 47: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In this article, Rory Conaway describes a nightmare of a project and the lessons learned. Many WISPs do one-off wireless projects. As consultants, we get referrals for many projects from a variety of sources. I have partnered or been lead on many projects, some of which I’ve written about here, others that have been profiled […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 46: 900MHz and SCADA – The FCC Double Standards

scada products

The 900MHz band used to be viable for wireless ISPs (WISPs).  Then the FCC started relaxing the rules and giving it away to companies that should be using different frequencies, like Progeny.  To add insult to injury, the FCC then gave Progeny an unfair advantage of higher power.  But as sleazy as the Progeny deal […]

Securing open hotspots

how to secure wifi connection

Recent advances in Wi-Fi technology that automatically secure client devices in open hotspots have the potential to forever change mobile data access. Hotspots are the thing. People everywhere now have an insatiable demand for constant connectivity. You’re probably one of those people. That’s why public hotspots are predicted to rise by 350% by 2015, and […]

Webinar June 13: Performing site surveys for location-based apps

I found this webinar taking place on 13 June 2013 (Thursday) at 11:00am Pacific Time given by Jim Geier, who has contributed many articles to MuniWireless. Jim will explain how to perform a site survey when you have to design a wireless LAN that will support location-based applications. Jim will use examples from his own […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 45: I’ll give you two 5s for 10

In this article, Rory Conaway argues why wireless ISPs should use the 10 GHz frequency for backhaul. He urges the FCC to open it up for unlicensed use. What if there were a new 500 MHz wide band of spectrum barely being used that wasn’t on anyone’s radar? What if that band already had equipment […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 43: Galactus – Destroyer of Wired Worlds

wifi access point on top of roof

I’ve seen projections in our industry range from “the WISP market is dying, we need to move to fiber” up to “new technologies in RF are going to make fiber the horse and buggy of bandwidth industry”.  The truth is that the wireless industry is about to put the hurt on the Wired World and […]