Tales from the Towers, Chapter 8: Half of something is better than nothing, but why settle?

This is Chapter 8 of Rory Conaway’s series, “Tales From The Towers”, about setting up a large scale Wi-Fi network. If you have not yet done so, read Chapter 7: One Size Does Not Fit All. Our network is pretty inexpensive but it suffers from first generation bandwidth problems of losing 50 percent of the […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 7: One size does not fit all

In this installment of Rory Conaway’s “Tales From The Towers”, he discusses the different types of antennas that can be used for large scale Wi-Fi networks. Before we continue developing the system further, it’s a good idea to discuss all the various antenna designs that go into a municipal design process.  I’ve described one type […]

US Broadband Coalition releases report on US broadband adoption

The US Broadband Coalition has released its report entitled Expanding and Accelerating the Adoption & Use of Broadband Throughout the Economy (PDF format). The US Broadband Coalition is composed of more than 160 organizations working toward a comprehensive national broadband strategy to ensure America’s success in the emerging knowledge-based global economy. The Coalition includes communications providers of […]

Berkman Center releases study of broadband around the world

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has posted a draft of its independent review for the FCC entitled Next Generation Connectivity: A review of broadband Internet transitions and policy from around the world. Berkman Center invites everyone to read it and participate in the public comment process (see FCC public notice). Among the findings […]

Manual for starting a local wireless broadband network

Wally Bowen, executive director of the Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) in Asheville, North Carolina, has written a primer on how to deploy a local wireless broadband network for people. Wally speaks from experience. MAIN is an ISP that serves hundreds of wireless subscribers spread out over four counties. In the primer, Bowen includes details […]