Broadband homes want faster, reliable Net

Households upgrading to high-speed Net access are basing their decisions on practical necessities rather than a desire for splashy graphics and streaming videos, a new study shows. [CNET News.com (20 stories)] Households upgrading to high-speed Net access are basing their decisions on practical necessities rather than a desire for splashy graphics and streaming videos, a […]

UK towns do fixed wireless access

The BBC reported recently that small communities in the UK are exploring fixed wireless access technology to bring broadband to areas abandoned by telecoms and cable operators. The article cites the medieval town of Cromarty in Scotland which got a grant from the Highland and Islands Enterprise to install broadband via a fixed wireless access […]

New Hampshire City Launches Chamber-Sponsored Hotspot

Unwilling to wait for large ISPs to build Wi-Fi access points in smaller cities, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce activates a free downtown hotspot. [802.11-Planet.com] Unwilling to wait for large ISPs to build Wi-Fi access points in smaller cities, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce activates a free downtown hotspot. [802.11-Planet.com] I like reading […]

Strix: No Wires — Not Even to the APs

Using a mesh network, Strix Systems says its Access/One Network is the first truly wireless LAN because it eschews the need for any Ethernet-based backhaul to the wired side of the network. And it supports all the WLAN types (802.11a/b/g) — even Bluetooth. [802.11-Planet.com] Using a mesh network, Strix Systems says its Access/One Network is […]

Small cities become wireless ISPs

In an excellent three-part series published in 2002 on ISP-Planet.com, Gerry Blackwell writes “[a]ll across America, municipal and county governments are waking up to the hard economic truth of the digital divide—and deciding to do something about it. They fear that if they do nothing, their communities will be left behind.” Mr. Blackwell argues that […]