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 […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 39: WISPA exhaustion

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 […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 38: Pick a Tool, Any Tool – what every wireless ISP should know

Wireless ISPs (WISPS) have more tools available today to improve the performance of wireless networks. There is an optimized product for every single model that is currently deployed, and there are a lot of different models. From grounded RJ-45 connectors to antennas and every component in between, it’s impossible to keep up with everything.  Ask […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 37: Talk is cheap but Ebay is cheaper

Anybody starting a business knows that funding is the biggest problem.  Angel investment and venture capital for first round funding are about as scarce as shade in Phoenix.  That is of course, unless your Uncle RUSs or Aunt CAFee open up the government (meaning poor taxpayers) purse strings (lookup OpenRange, Main Street Broadband) to people […]