Wireless ISPs during disasters (hurricane harvey, irma and maria)

Mike Hammett nanog at ics-il.net
Mon Nov 27 20:33:32 UTC 2017

I know a few of them are on this list. 

Here's an update today from one of them in PR. 


Demand for their service is huge because traditional service providers are slow to recover. 

Early on, the WISPs in PR couldn't get any traction anywhere, even the ones serving critical facilities. Once commercial shipments started, they were doing pretty good. 

Mike Hammett 
Intelligent Computing Solutions 

Midwest Internet Exchange 

The Brothers WISP 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Sean Donelan" <sean at donelan.com> 
To: nanog at nanog.org 
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 2:28:31 PM 
Subject: Wireless ISPs during disasters (hurricane harvey, irma and maria) 

While some of the big companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft got 
some press about their wireless experiments during the post-hurricane 
recovery, the FCC hasn't heard about the experience of wireless ISPs 
during the recovery. 

Were there any wireless ISPs in south-Texas, south-Florida, Puerto Rico or 
U.S. Virigin Islands? How did they survive, or able to speed recovery 
efforts? Were there resources they needed? 

WISPs don't normally report in the FCC DIRS or NORS disaster reporting 
systems, so WISPs are a blank spot. 

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