Yesterday December 19th Financial Times dot com did a story on “5G wireless networks speeding towards an uncertain future”. I am working in the middle of the Telecom industry, and the portion I work in specializes in wireless telecom. With that said I had a interest in the story and simply wanted to share my input and observations, as I see them. For me the question is “if there really is a need for 5G wireless networks today?”.
Even though there is a good deal of push and support for the need of the technology that 5G foretells that it will bring, the question remains of is there current demand? There are government agencies, large conglomerates, and research academia that are pushing for the need for the need for such an expansion of bandwidth. As I admitted in the beginning of this article, I work for a company in the wireless telecom industry. To be exact, I work for a company named Last Mile Gear and we are a WISP equipment re-seller. We work directly with many of the manufacturers of 4G wireless radios, antennas, and wireless telecom equipment that the industry requires to offer the consumer wireless services. I felt it was a must to make it clear where I sit as I view the industry and write this article.
So, it is shared in the article that last month (November 2016) in Nevada there was a conference that set the hardware standards for the 5G technologies. Funny thing is that the software element for this future technology have yet to be agreed upon, if built at all. Just like many other technologies in the twentieth century like the propane vehicle, the Segway, and so on is 5G simply a technology that is being over hyped to serve the masses or the landlords.
I have been watching the demand for video increase and the world of mobile expand daily. I have no doubt at all that there is a growing demand for increased speed and bandwidth. The question seems to be how much need is there really going to be and how soon? I suppose that it would help for me to try and give an example of what all of this “5G versus 4G or 3G” technology stuff really equates to. I will use the example given by Financial Times Research:
Downloading a HD movie over 3G
9 Minutes 31 Seconds start to finish.
Downloading a HD movie over 4G
31 Seconds start to finish.
Downloading a HD movie over 5G
At 7.5Gbps, it takes around 1 Second start to finish.
Granted that the speeds of better 5G wireless networks would be great especially with increasing activities of mobile and video literally from minute to minute, there is the debate of is it too much too fast. Some in the world of telecom and economics are posing the concept that there might not be a need for such speeds and capacity. The consumers will only value so much speed in order to download beyond a certain rate of speed and volume.
In the future if I can watch a movie on my tablet or phone will it make me get rid of my home flat screen tv? Probably not. I do not watch my television because it is more convenient or offers me the ability to watch a movie in one second as opposed to one minute. The question remains that if you build it, will they come.
Across the worldwide market of information consumers, there are products and services that we never could have imagined ten years ago. What was the major reason for these technologies not to have been offered to the consumer? Most often, it was that there was no technology in place to support the delivery. I believe this will be a hotly debated issue for the next couple of years. I also believe that there will always be minds out in the world that will create innovation based on need and then demand. When it comes to the true demand and/or need for 5G technology now being real of inflated, only time and risk investments will answer that. The only thing I know for sure, by being in the industry, is that smart devices are growing smarter by month, week, day, and demand is growing by the minute. For the wireless internet service providers in the world, the better services that you can offer to your customers, currently and for the next decade or more, the better your growth, roi, and satisfaction.
I would like to give thanks and reference to financial times for the great article they wrote at this link.
We are happy to announce that Baicells and Last Mile Gear are teaming up to sell the Atom R9 indoor and Atom R9 outdoor CPE’s and the Nova R9 outdoor base stations. We are looking forward to see how we will be able to offer great unlicensed LTE solutions to our customers. We are proud to be taking part in the Baicells vision of “Connecting the Unconnected”.
The Baicells Atom R9 Indoor and Outdoor CPE’s (Customer Premises Equipment) offer great reliability and cost savings for both the business network owner and the wireless network customers. With the atom r9 indoor unit CPE’s 19.5dBi antenna design, you can get signal through the most punishing conditions. Baicells has specifically designed the Atom R9’s to provide the highest gain integrated antenna available on the LTE market to connect your customers anywhere they may be. (more…)
Giving your customers wireless surveillance network the power by adding a Planet WGS-4215-8P2S can give them the peace of mind and give your business the growth you need. It is the third time that your customer’s office building has been broken into. They have already invested thousands of dollars into many high-end surveillance cameras and the monitoring system. Yet when they go to the video to identify the culprits, no video. After a few days of tracking down the failure you find that it was two problems with the system. The first problem is that the cameras that had a great vantage point of view of the criminals and the car getting away, were not on the managed system. Next you find that the cameras that were on the system, were not getting the power they needed to operate at proper levels. You better think of something fast and effective. Your boss or your customer is looking for not just answers, but a fix.
You realize quickly that you need a better system of PoE switches for the surveillance network. The switches they currently have are giving the amount of ports needed for every camera, thus making the managed system blind to some areas, as well as not offering the PoE functionality for reliable performance. You can do what the previous manager did and go with a consumer manufactured switch and hope for the best. You always have the option of purchasing an industrial product switch for thousands of dollars and have an overbuilt setup that may or may not work with the existing network system. Then there is the option from Planet Technologies. The Industrial wall mounted managed gigabit Ethernet switch named Planet-WGS-4215-8P2S. (more…)
cnPilot E400 promotion. cnPilot™ Outdoor is an 802.11ac dual band enterprise grade WiFi access point that offers simplified end-to-end management combined with Cambium’s cnMaestro™ cloud-management solution. cnPilot™ outdoor allows service providers to monetize public WiFi. As a WISP ourselves, we know the importance of expanding our business lines and that goes beyond the residential consumer. The October thru December special is that the end user (customers) can buy 10 cnPilot E400 APs and get 3 additional cnPilot E400 APs free. This promotion starts October 17th and runs through to December 16th 2016.
I came across this video session of a direct questions and answers with Mimosa that was done on September 2016. We have been working with our independent tests of the AP’s from them but we have been pretty happy with the product they are producing and the little hiccups that they have had and address immediately. We just thought it might be something for our customers to see that they did have the grit to come out and have a direct Q&A. If you have question s that are not answered here in the video, give our team a call as we have been dissecting the products and have some tips of our own that might help. I do apologize for such a short post, but i will be back with more soon.
10Gbps Wireless Solution is a strong statement to make. Last Mile Gear and NEC are making that claim with the NEC iPASOLINK EX10G point to point wireless solution. Delivering an incredible 10 Gbps super high capacity E-band (80GHz) radio is of no use without great product and industry knowledge and support, which NEC and Last Mile Gear share. ELVA-1 claims to be the only or the best with their PPC-10G outdoor radio. A fair comparison is only fair when both are invited to compare. We intend to make the argument for the iPASOLINK EX from NEC, available at Last Mile Gear as well as other great performing equipment from NEC. If your looking for a true 10Gbps Wireless Solution for your network then you need to investigate the iPASOLINK EX from NEC and Last Mile Gear.
At a glance the iPASOLINK EX offer the following factors:
10Gbps Full Duplex, Pure Packet, High Capacity (80GHz Band)
Ideal for LTE Small Cell Aggregation (Zero Footprint)
Hitless Adaptive Modulation and Bandwidth (QPSK-256QAM)
Intelligent Carrier Class L2 Packet Switch (8 Class QoS)
Fall 2016 is upon us, two days away to be exact, and the Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISP) industry will be coming together in Las Vegas October 11-13. “Wispapalooza” is here again. All of the vendors will still be bustling about with all of the newest in technologies and gadgets that are promising to extend the reach and reliability of customer connectivity. Will there be another record breaking attendance number like last year? Who will be the stand out as the true “Value added” equipment reseller? So many unknowns, it seems, but there are some notable “for sure” brands that will be there. cnMedusa, cnReach series, Mimosa, Ignitenet, SIAE Microelectronica, Biacells as well as the powerhouses of SAF and Cambium Networks are just some of the brands and products everyone inside the industry are discussing.
Last Mile Gear will be proud to be at Wispapalooza 2016 and meet with our existing customers and fellow vendors. Like everyone else we will be curious to see what, if any, exciting news that will be coming out of the laboratories of companies like Ignitenet or Mimosa. We have been excited with the products that we have been able to offer our customers via both of the manufacturers and we are looking forward to the continuous improvements they have promised the WISP world. We take a great deal of pride in bring our customers the best value in product technology and support. We are excited for more than just the up and coming product manufacturers.
Some say that when a company grows to the size of an international giant they can easily lose touch with their smaller customers. We agree that is always a dangerous possibility and we are happy to see that our longtime partner, Cambium Networks, is working aggressively to ensure that they do not fall victim to this stereo type. All the while Cambium Networks has produced the innovative cnMedusa™ that we are looking forward to seeing at the show as well. The Cambium cnReach™ 500 900 MHz, 700 MHz and the IO Expander are innovation that is said to maximize industrial efficiency while minimizing costs, maybe we will all be seeing something impressive at the Wispapalooza show. There so much more than just innovative product information debuts at this year’s Wispapalooza.
Networking with colleagues and meeting new comers to the industry as well is just as important if not more so. Come meet the people that you communicate with throughout the year. Ask the important questions directly to the people making the equipment, meet the people that you work with throughout the year, and give input to the companies that want to hear from those of us on the front lines. Take part in the industry training classes from some of the best instructors and find updated information for government regulations. At the end of the day there are nice dinners and Vegas as a backdrop to help relax and digest all of the information obtained.
So if you’re looking for a helping hand in your WISP business and are looking for the most up to the minute fresh information for the wireless industry, you need to be at the 2016 Wispapalooza conference in Vegas. Come by booth #807 and say hello to both Jason Petrillo and Tre Owen.
National defense, border security, industrial communications and critical infrastructure operators have experienced massive growth in bandwidth demands for reliable and secure broadband connectivity and backhaul.
Last Mile Gear works tirelessly to ensure that we research products and perform actual tests on the products we sell and suggest. We believe that there is more to our customer’s experience than just getting honest researched answers as to what will answer their problem today. Our sales team, (Jason & Tre), are also looking for answers to issues down the road, like next year and the three years after that. So we are curious enough to ask, “Is your wireless network ready for the Video Tsunami streaming growth?”
We wanted to bring up this subject since we believe we are here for more than just selling equipment to our customers and that we are ourselves a working WISP. In many recent studies, including one from Cisco Systems, “Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2015-2020”, the subject of the increase of video streaming and the effects on WISP’s not ready has been forecasted. So as all of us are looking into future proofing our networks, we must consider more than simply the newest products and what they will do for us now, or a year down the road. We must think in terms of what will our customers need and how we will be able to serve them better or even just keep up with the demands. With this short blog post we discuss some of the statistics and how to keep that in mind when thinking of our WISP businesses, our customers, and the future. (more…)
Will Cambium Networks version of Medusa live up to the namesake?
cnMedusa from Cambium Networks was officially released for pre-orders yesterday (6/22/16). I personally sat through the webinar that was intended for the public customer. I have linked to the product details that are a part of our product listing for the cnMedusa PMP 450m. I was very impressed by all of the information given as to what the Access Point was going to be able to do. I kind of figured that the distances they spoke of were going to be pretty much unchanged.
With the global carrier WIFI equipment market growing to $713 million for 2015, and continued technology growth for Wi-Fi and consumer products year over year, it is estimated that by 2020 the market for Wi-Fi technology will grow to $1.5 Billion annually. Does this impact your industry as a WISP, yes it does and the only question is if you’re going to be part of it or not?
Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, based on 5GHz spectrum, offers higher-than-ever capacities and has rapidly become the dominant standard for carrier Wi-Fi deployments, also driving upgrade purchasing from 802.11n deployments. There are more and more situations like the ones happening in rural Massachusetts where there is not enough fiber to the rural areas and the communities affected are taking action and either choosing the high cost of fiber build out or a more cost effective wireless network build.
We have discussed on and on for months that the market is growing and research has shown no signs of slowing. Now there is seemingly a trend on the horizon that some communities are working towards developing a “Co-op” of sorts in order to create a wired network (Wired West) to their communities and not hassle with the carriers. As you read this you are probably thinking that it is for fiber in the ground. It is in some places but there are limits to some of those communities that will never be answered by fiber in the ground, no matter what. This is an issue and an opportunity for those of us in the wireless world.
Most of us in the WISP industry are aware of the fact that the technology in our industry is advancing more and more. It is necessary to know the new technologies that are available in order to advance your wireless network for customer’s demands. We are not only a WISP network equipment reseller, we also are a WISP for the community we work and live in. We have the struggles that come with owning a WISP for a large community. We try our best to keep up with the newest advancing technologies coming from manufacturers such as Cambium™ or SAF™ or Telrad™. We also are aware that it is more than just being aware of the newest technologies but also some information to help us all in making better business decisions.
There are many opinions in the WISP world about what the future holds for rural and suburban communities and the lack of fiber to homes and small businesses. We think it is great that there are more companies like Siae or baicells or Telrad or Mimosa that bring new cost effective technologies to our industry. But when there are discussions of local and state government bodies giving some of the suburban communities the ok to create co-op like structures in order to finance their own fiber based network, we actually see this as a positive move for our industry. Most of us in the WISP industry are well aware of the very high costs of laying fiber optics and then the high costs of maintaining it as well. In my opinion, as communities learn what our industry is already aware of, the wireless internet service providers will become much more attractive price and time wise.
As we move forward small and mid-sized WISP’s need not be so worried as some are about what the future holds for the industry. We just need to work with our manufacturers, suppliers, and reseller that are informed in the most cost effective technologies and the business methods to help promote those newest technologies.
I would like to introduce the Cambium Gigabit Ethernet Surge Suppressor. Lightning doesn’t need to strike twice for WISP Towers to cost you. A surge protector (or surge suppressor) is an appliance or device designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. A surge protector attempts to limit the voltage supplied to an electric device by either blocking or shorting to ground any unwanted voltages above a safe threshold.
For those of us that work daily in the WISP industry, we know the facts about increasing demands for wireless connectivity. This demand has, of course, led to a proliferation of access points, radios, and subscriber units. With the ever increasing demands and the forecasted demand for wireless spectrum to increase up to five times what we have currently in 2016, protecting your investment is paramount, The better line of sight advantages produce better connectivity and reliability for the end customers, which in turn strengthens our WISP business. With these increased mounting towers, and their locations, comes more financial risk.
Unfortunately the combination of ever increasing heights of towers and increased numbers of them, brings about the subject of the possibility of lightning induced power surges. A single lightning strike involves thousands of volts and thousands of amperes of current that can bring down a wireless network and place customers in the dark, not to mention the financial damage to equipment. Of course there are some manufacturers that have built in protection on their equipment, but most of these units cannot handle the transient or sometimes explosive power from a strike. So surge suppressors are an investment that are worth every penny and a simple form of insurance for the WISP owner. There are many different brands on the market and not all things are created equal.
The use of a surge suppressor on an Ethernet line is not without its consequences however. All Ethernet surge protectors will degrade the performance of the Ethernet line. The use of protective components that inherently have a capacitive component, as well as the limitations of PCB layout techniques, contribute to the degradation. The use of two protectors on each end of the line will provide protection for each end against surges, at the cost of increased line loss and the possibility of introducing a ground loop into the line.
One of the things to consider, also, is what manufacturer of equipment you have running your network. You can mix and match surge suppressors from different manufacturers and it will work fine, until the first real surge of power from a strike, then and only then will you know for sure how it will work. This is something to consider whether or not you have an investment of a few hundred dollars or maybe thousands of dollars for a bigger network. It is a big financial risk to hope the surge suppressor you bought will work well. Now let’s discuss the purchase of some of the newest cutting edge technology, like the Cambium PTP 820S.
When you have made the investment of a great Cambium built product, like the 820S, it is just as important to invest in the right components that compliment your entire network, like a surge suppressor that is designed to work with Cambium equipment. One of the better investments, at this stage, is the Cambium Gigabit Ethernet Surge Suppressor. We have had the fortune of testing the product in rugged real world applications, of a WISP that has customers that depend on our service, in addition to our severe lab abuse test. Our unit met all of the specification test results that we were given by Cambium, and then some. We came away, after a pretty severe lightning season here in the great Pacific Northwest, with a smile on our face and a few saved bucks in our pockets.
Surge suppressors are abundant on the market, and some are very reliable and well made. For the money, customer peace of mind, network reliability, and your business isn’t it worth looking into the Cambium Gigabit Ethernet Surge Suppressor. Contact us if you have more detailed questions, even if you buy from someone else, we will be happy to answer your questions and try to help you make the best choice for your business.
After less than two years Biacell’s technology has become a network accepted tech firm by one of the top mobile carriers in the world. They have planted themselves in the North American markets based out of Texas and have brought on the likes of wireless industry veterans such as Patrick Leary to lead them here. Last Mile Gear is happy and proud to announce our new working relationship with Baicells North America.
We feel there is a great deal of potential for our customers using the Baicells products to enable to expansion of their WISP networks and thus caring for their end using customers. Paired with the Innovation of Baicells technologies engineers and Last Mile Gear’s incredible service and support, the only winners will the customers.
Of course Last Mile Gear will be carrying the full line of Baicells products and can be found this Mid-April on their website Last Mile Gear. Stay tuned for more details and great promotions.
If you’re a wireless internet service provider working in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, then you know who Last Mile Gear is. Last Mile Gear is a premium wireless internet network equipment reseller. We sell only the finest wireless networking equipment from PTP to PMP and timing devices and all things in between if it is something that will keep your WISP network running strong or improve it. Over the past few months Last Mile Gear has been in talks with and testing out the line of products manufactured by SIAE Microelettronica from Italy.
SIAE Microelettronica has been manufacturing wireless technologies for the WISP industry, including products within the microwave field like the AGS20, ALFOplus2, ALS series, ALFOplus80HD, TL series, EasyCell, ALFOplus, and backed by the SM-OS since 1952. We continue to test the products but have confidence in the superior quality of their products and are happy to joine forces of the Last Mile Gear commitment to great service and the SIAE Microelettronica’s history of quality and support to bring our valued customers a wonderful option to fit all of their WISP needs.
SIAE Microelettronica is the largest privately owned microwave design and manufacturing company in the world. The product line comes with a legacy of sixty years of experience and flexibility to provide optimized network solutions. They have in-house hardware and software design that we feel allows both SIAE and Last Mile Gear to deliver on customizable solutions to our customers in the Pacific Northwest and the entire United States. All of the SIAE products have standard interfaces thus providing ease of integration into existing networks.
We look forward to working together to work hard for the Last Mile Gear customers.
Mimosa is so much more than a effervescent drink on a Sunday brunch. Mimosa is one of the newest leading wireless technology manufacturers in the US. This week at the WISP America Kentucky convention Mimosa is announcing the availability of their line of access points. The Mimosa A5c access point is one of their finest offerings. Below is our top ten list of benefits that the Mimosa access point offers over its competitors.
SUPER FOR SECTORS: With the fastest client speeds, access point capacity are combined with local and network wide spectrum reuse, the Mimosa A5c delivers the highest possible scale for any unlicensed fixed wireless network.
APPLICATIONS: There are a good variety of applications that the A5c access point can be utilized for we have chosen to list here the three categories of where they do the best –
A. Municipal and Rural Licensed Public Safety multipoint (4.9 GHz) situations are a perfect environment.
B. Access Point Collocation (GPS Sync) this is where some competitors do not fare so well but Mimosa excels.
C. Long range pole and tower multipoint situations.
3. FIBER SPEED ACCESS AT A FRACTION OF THE COST :With client speeds capable of 500 Mbps+, and access point capacity up to 1.5 Gbps the Mimosa A5c delivers the speeds consumers and business users demand at a fraction of the cost of delivering Fiber to the Premises.
4. INCREASED CAPACITY AT EACH SITE : With integrated high precision GPS Sync technology, new A5c sectors can easily be added at existing deployed Mimosa A5 and B5 site and reuse the same channel. This saves valuable, scarce unlicensed spectrum resources when new A5c devices need to be installed “back-to-back” on the same tower or pole.
5. NETWORK SCALABILITY PERFECTED : Unique integrated high precision GPS Sync* technology in each Mimosa A5c allows every deployed device to be collaboratively synchronized across the network. This allows easy channel reuse to save valuable spectrum network wide, and together with the Mimosa Cloud is incredibly simple to deploy and optimize network spectrum use and performance across all your deployed devices. keep in mind they did say that the GPS sync software would be available May 2016, so we are waiting to see this as well.
6. ULTRA CAPACITY TDMA : Time Division Multiplexed Access techniques have proven to provide significant improvements when scaling the number of clients, versus Carrier Sensing approaches used in the Wi-Fi technologies. When further optimized by dynamically allocating timeslots and supporting Multi-User MIMO in the downstream direction, and allocate upstream timeslots upon client request, network scale, spectrum efficiency and access point utilization are optimized to the highest degree possible.
7. MASSIVE SECTOR CAPACITY : A5c is the first outdoor 4x4:4 solution leveraging advanced antenna beamforming and Multi-User MIMO technology. With 4 integrated collaborative antennas, the A5c creates separate “beamforms” to target each client uniquely. Meanwhile a second unique beamform can target a second client simultaneously, getting twice the performance out of the channel.
8. WORKING ABOVE THE NOISE : With Advanced Auto-Gain Control (AGC) techniques, Mimosa A5c automatically squelch’s out underlying interference with only 10 dB operating margin required to deliver incredible client performance.
9. CUSTOM ENGINEERED : The unique compact X4 (4 antenna single A5c) and X8 (8 antenna dual A5c) are our suggested from KP Performance are engineered specifically for Mimosa’s MIMO technology.
10. ADD SUBSCRIBERS WITH EASE : Install, aim and go! their multipoint solution is designed to instantly securely add C5 client devices to any Mimosa A5c on your network automatically with 1-click authentication. They eliminated manual installation and pre-provisioning complexity, letting you focus on adding subscribers quickly. This equals better service and faster ROI.
Well there is our “top ten benefits” list. These are some of the main reasons that we (Last Mile Gear) feel that Mimosa’s Access points, A5c and the C5c, are one of the best values to add to any network for performance and costs. If you have any questions or want further details as how Mimosa Access Points can make your network more reliable and profitable, contact us at Last Mile Gear.
The Cambium PTP 450 900 MHz radio, fact or fiction?
When I was a small child I remember tales of things that might exist in life that could be considered both a blessing and curse, depending upon your perspective. As a child, of course, my mind went to things that could be considered both bad and good, like the elusive Sasquatch, that I was sure existed and surely had a key to my bedroom. On the more positive potential outcome side, was the possible existence of a unicorn that produced road apples made of everlasting candies. Yes I was an odd five year old and luckily neither of my wishes had come true. I used this, odd, story as a Segway into the idea of how tales and rumors can have a positive note, once they are kissed with a dose of reality.
For the WISP industry there are rumors and whispers being thrown around that Cambium Networks is preparing to release a new product based on the 450 platform that will be yet again another revolution for the wireless point to point back haul world. It is rumored to be called the Cambium PTP 450 900 MHz radio. Of course Last Mile Gear is not the only company that has heard this rumor. I am comfortably sure that others have heard the stories of what this new radio could, should, and will do for the rural wireless networks it is placed in. Unlike the elusive sasquatch I spoke of earlier, that I am happy to report never had a key to my bedroom or maybe was just too busy to bother, we have been leaked some possible technical data that I will share with you here. Now I am not confirming nor denying that this product or the specifications are real, I am just sharing the possibilities. I am not sure about you, but to me this is exciting regarding the potential of “what if”.
• This Cambium 450 900 MHz would have excellent near and non line of site propagation.
• Would have great Mbps capacity in a 20 MHz Channel.
• Would have the flexibility of channel selections of 5,7,10, and even 20 MHz.
• Could only be a low power consumption small form factor radio to do the trick.
Now, that is all I know at this time, which is to say it might be something and it might be like the elusive mysterious creatures I began this blog post with. We do look forward, with all of the other WISP business owners, to the outcome of this story and hope it is more of a positive result than one of myth.
Stay tuned for further developments as I will continue the investigating here from Last Mile Gear.
Bipartisan Compromise, WISP’s hooray! Our new WISP regulatory team here at Last Mile Gear have one job, to keep an eye on the WISP industry and what the laws and business landscape is becoming. We have one purpose, we are looking for ways to help customers (WISP’s) to achieve their business goals and grow both the business with ways to obtain new customers, maintain happy current customer bases, and improve current services to your customers at a cost effective rate to offer value and profit. With this concept in mind this post has to do with the February Small Business Broadband Deployment Act (HR 4596). So go ahead and check out this post below and see what you think of the direction they are going and the movements that have been taken in an attempt to help us WIP’s. This subject was originally brought up by WISPA but we wanted to bring it up and see if there were any further discussions it might bring up that we can narrate here.
“House Committee Action Paves Way to Progress in Full House and Senate
Washington, DC (February 25, 2016) – On behalf of thousands of small Internet Service
Providers (ISPs) serving more than 3 million consumers across America, the Wireless Internet
Service Providers Association (WISPA) today applauded House Energy and Commerce
Committee members for reaching a smart, bipartisan compromise on the Small Business
Broadband Deployment Act (HR 4596).
Moments before the bill was approved today on a voice vote, the committee adopted a
bipartisan amendment that will forestall regulatory burdens on small ISPs.
“The committee’s action will help pave the way to a future in which small ISPs – located mostly
in rural and underserved areas – can focus their attention on innovation and service, not on
compliance with red tape,” said L. Elizabeth Bowles, president and chair of the board of Little
Rock, Arkansas-based Aristotle, Inc. and Legislative Chair of WISPA.
“That’s good not only for our businesses, but also for the millions of consumers in communities
across rural America who count on us for reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet access and
who can least afford to pay for the added costs of regulatory burdens on small ISPs.
“It also creates a blueprint for a similar bipartisan agreement in the Senate and raises the
chances of passage this year,” Bowles said. In the Senate, WISPA is watching the development
of a broader measure being developed by Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jim Risch (R-ID),
raising hopes that a similar deal can be reached in that chamber.
The group praised Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (ROR)
and subcommittee member Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) for their leadership in reaching the
House compromise. Full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and subcommittee ranking
minority member Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) also threw their support behind the measure.
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 Open Internet Order included
enhanced transparency requirements for broadband Internet access service providers.
However, recognizing the burden that these enhanced disclosures would place on small
businesses, the FCC temporarily exempted small ISPs with 100,000 or fewer subscribers from
these new disclosure obligations. The FCC recently extended the exemption through December
As adopted by the committee, the bill would extend the exemption for five years and set the
subscriber level for small businesses at 250,000, which better reflects the realities of the small
ISP industry. Small ISPs must still comply with the FCC’s 2010 transparency requirements.
As the bill moves forward, WISPA will continue to advocate for a permanent exemption, which
would provide greater regulatory certainty and incentives for long-term investment in small ISPs.
The FCC’s public record was overwhelmingly in favor of a permanent extension, and the U.S.
Small Business Administration also called for one.”
So there you have it. If you have anything to add or questions please post comments below.
There are several Mounting Options for PTP 650 and PTP 450i radios. We felt it would be a great idea to show some of the followingfimages in an attempt to help with some of the potential ideas for this. Check out the following images and brief descriptions. If this is not clear let us know and we will put together a video if it is more helpful or just give us a call here.
The N000065L032A is included with each PTP 650 and is suitable for connectorized ODU’s.
The N000065L031A is included with PTP 650 Integrated END kits.
The N000045L002A is recommended for most typical PTP 450i applications.
The N000065L030A is great for larger diameter masts and suitable for both PTP 650 and PTP 450i.
and for the large diameter poles and even adjusted for the narrow poles, you can use The N000065L039. It is the lowest profile bracket from mounting to large diamter poles.
IgniteNet MetroLinq 60 is the world’s first cost-effective 60GHz PTP radio enabling high performance, interference-free connections worldwide. The Ignitenet MetroLinq 60 has an added advantage of being license-free in most markets globally, allowing ultra fast deployment and without the hassle of other frequency bands requiring a license. The Ignitenet MetroLinq 60 also includes a second 5GHz radio which can be configured as PTP (backup), AP, or Client for applications ranging from hotspots to maintenance to many more!
Last Mile Gear is proud to be a integral part of bringing the Ignitenet Metrolinq 60 radios to the 60 GHz wireless range of networks. If your network customers are looking for pinpoint accuracy, reliable connectivity, and noise less quality then Last Mile Gear and Ignitenet Metrolinq 60 are the perfect combination for you. A great low cost product married with excellent service, knowledgeable and reliable support, and no need to be in the licensed spectrum equals success for both your business and your customers.
Reach out to our support team to find out how Last Last Mile Gear and Ignitenet can save you money while increasing the quality and the reliability of your wireless network.
The ePMP Force 200 5 GHz is the next generation of the Force product, with a streamlined form factor, rapid assembly and deployment, and incorporation of a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet port. The Force 200 also supports the use of an optional radome for deployment in regions with a high probability of snow and ice accumulation. The ePMP Force 200 is 40% lighter than its predecessor, reducing tower wind load and opening up additional installation options for network operators.
Key features of ePMP Force 200 5 GHz include:
Frequency: Full support of all 5 GHz sub-bands (subject to local regulations)
Throughput: up to 200 Mbps
Range: up to 24.9 miles (40 kilometers)
Gigabit Ethernet port
The Force 200 design has been anticipated for a while now and with the promises of higher data rates and faster installation for wireless network extensions and for the rural connectivity. Last Mile Gear and Cambium have had a long relationship and through that relationship we have been able to bring to our wisp customers great advances in wireless radio technology backed by our teams extensive knowledge and support. With the addition of the aPMP Force 200 5 GHz radio we will continue to make inroads into rural communities expanding our customers prosperity thru their customers connectivity and delivery of expanded broadband services.
We look forward to answering any questions like how the ePMP Force 200 radio will increase your networks reliability and reach and growth. With expert hands on knowledge our sales team at Last Mile Gear are more than a voice on the phone, we are your partner in being a successful ISP.
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For the past few years our focus has been on many things to ensure that we were going to be able to continue to bring our customers the best in hands on knowledge, to help get the job done correctly the first time and their businesses up and running. Unfortunately, we did have to make some tough choices and neglecting the look and functions of the Last Mile Gear website, was one of those tough choices we had to make at the time. Once we were able to get the changes and improvements, that we felt were some of the most important to ensure the highest level of quality to get customers taken care of, we focused on our website. We had looked into the concept of rebuilding our website and give it a face lift. Once we began looking into the fine details of our site, we realized that simply rebuilding the site would do nothing to truly work best for our customers. Brian, Frank, and the team decided that it would require a completely new website, built from the ground up. The next step was to find the best way to embark on this journey. (more…)