Tales from the Towers, Chapter 44: Why the Connect America Fund should be abolished

This article addresses why the Connect America Fund should be shut down and what steps can be taken to encourage competition in the market for wired and wireless broadband services. I’ve mentioned many times that I believe our current government is simply clueless.  Unfortunately, I’ve come to realize that it’s simply far worse than that. […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]