Tales from the Towers Chapter 5: Reality, What a Concept

In the last article, access points were installed, WDS links set up for hopping, and we were ready to access the Internet.  Although TriadLand is ready to rock, we now need to connect the users.  First we need to connect the network to some type of Internet service and then come up with a way […]

RUS broadband grant awardee seeks consultant

A company that has been awarded an RUS grant for rural broadband under Round 1 of BIP is looking for a consultant who is experienced in RUS grants to help them comply with the rules for allowable costs, cost allocation, market pricing, and more. If you are an experienced RUS consultant, please email me with the appropriate […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 3: Deploying wireless networks in unlicensed bands

This is the third installment of my “Tales from the Towers” series of articles about deploying large scale Wi-Fi networks in unlicensed bands. The theme: share and share alike. Although we were going to discuss putting access points (APs) on the poles in this week’s article, an incident occurred last week that I think is […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 2: Wireless Access Point Secrets You Didn’t Share with your Parents

Continuing the discussion of the budget muni wireless network requires analyzing the front line component, the Access Point (AP). There are many variations of APs. They all have features and capabilities that provide enhancements in certain environments. Some of the APs break the practical limit of 20-30 users by using multiple radios in a single […]

NTIA gets 867 applications requesting $11 billion in broadband grants

The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today that it received 867 applications requesting $11 billion in funding for proposed broadband projects in Round 2. Unfortunately, the agency has only $2.6 billion to allocate for the second round. Applications came in from a diverse range of parties including state, local, and tribal governments; […]