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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 42: Frustration, Thy Name is Backhaul Tech Support

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I should have called this article, “How I spent my Christmas vacation developing an ulcer” (from the abominable state of backhaul tech support). I know, I know, WISPs never really get a vacation.  I’m so paranoid about being out of touch that I took a satellite phone on a cruise and left the number with my […]

Advertising on MuniWireless: What Works


I am sending out the MuniWireless media kit for 2013 and many people ask the same question: What is the most effective way to advertise on MuniWireless? Here is a summary of what I have seen over the last 9 years. (1) Case studies are the most effective way for equipment vendors, service providers and […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 41: If I Had a Hammer

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In this article, Rory Conaway writes about how wireless equipment manufacturers should be pushing the boundaries of technology, not just giving WISPs what WISPs think they need today. Doing so would lower dramatically the cost of deployment and allows WISPs to compete with wireline broadband providers. Every time a new product comes out, there is […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 40: It’s harder to fire a friend than a vendor

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In this article, Rory Conaway reveals how viruses, malware and spyware dramatically reduce the speed of a broadband connection, causing clients to blame ISPs and make angry phone calls to tech support. He explains what ISPs can do to help clients remove viruses and malware, improve the relationship with the client and get referrals. At […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 39: WISPA exhaustion

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Rory Conaway goes into more detail on how to make money as a wireless ISP and reports on the interesting things he saw at the most recent WISPALOOZA, the annual gathering of wireless ISPs, putting an end to the belief that what goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas. If you haven’t been to WISPAPALOOZA […]