Yup; the Internet is screwed up. - WISPs

Kenneth M. Chipps Ph.D. chipps at chipps.com
Sun Jun 12 17:24:08 UTC 2011

You might contact SkyBeam out of Denver. They have been buying up most of
the independent WISPs in my area. They seem to be expanding at a rapid rate.
They currently rent my tower for one of their nodes.

You might also look for a WISP mailing list to post the question on. I do
not know what the most active one is currently. The WISP owners are always
getting mad at each other and changing what list they subscribe to.

Kenneth M. Chipps Ph.D.

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher J. Pilkington [mailto:cjp at 0x1.net] 
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2011 12:05 PM
To: Roy
Cc: nanog at nanog.org
Subject: Re: Yup; the Internet is screwed up.

On Jun 11, 2011, at 7:07 PM, Roy wrote:

> On 6/11/2011 4:29 PM, Christopher Pilkington wrote:
>> Options seem to be limited to HughesNet and dial for the moment, but 
>> things may change if I put a tower on the property. HughesNet seems 
>> to relax it's bandwidth cap between 2am and 7am, which is helpful, 
>> but still a great shift from what I'm used to at the current 
>> residence (15/2).
> No 3G cellphone service?

3G at this location is marginal at best (stand on a hill and hold the phone
up above your head.)

That said, are there 3G radios that permit external antennas or are well
suited to being sealed up in a weatherproof box and being placed on a

3G would get us around the 200-300MiB/day issue, but I'm fairly certain I'll
be dealing with similar monthly caps.  I can really hope for a wISP nearby,
but so far my research hasn't turned up anything.  Is there some wISP
marketplace/directory about?

The final option would be to unofficially put hardware on the roof of my
office 50km away with some high-gain antennas, but the path is marginally
LOS, I think I might need a very large tower at either end.


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