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f_goldstein
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f_goldstein,
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6/28/2017 | 7:47:24 PM
Re: Alameda!
I'm pretty deep into the wireless ISP industry nowadays and in our business, there's a four-letter word that a WISP never, ever uses. It begins with m and rhymes with John Tesh. Common doesn't sound like they're pitching the word, whcih still has appeal to k1ddi3z who think they can stick it to da man by linking their WRT54GLs. But that seems to be their model. And it still doesn't work.

There are several vendors who sell good WISP gear, which is different from Wi-Fi even when it uses 802.11-family modulation. WISP gear (vis. Cambium, Ubiquiti, Mimosa) uses polled MACs, not CSMA/CA, in order to avoid hidden transmitters. And the PtMP access channels are always separate from the PtP backhaul channels.

While it maks some sense to parlay cusotmers' roofs as a relay, if they're high enough, meshy networks are not going to scale. They sound great to those who don't actually work in the field, like, say, vulture capitalists, but then very few WISPs use venture money, and those that do had experience before taking the growth money. So count me skeptical.
kq4ym
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kq4ym,
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6/28/2017 | 12:38:44 PM
Re: Alameda!
The project will certainly bear watching. It does seem to have a slim chance of success, but the investors are willing to take the gamble that it might be a game changer in at least that particular city. Whether the competitors will be will eventually to offer super discounted plans to fight them off should they become a real player, remains to be seen of course.
danielcawrey
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6/17/2017 | 12:31:38 PM
Re: Alameda!
I like the idea, although it's surprising to see former Square employees working on this. That company focuses on payments, which is totally different from this. Not saying this won't take off; it is quite divergent though. 
KBode
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KBode,
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6/16/2017 | 3:03:51 PM
Re: Alameda!
Yes I certainly welcome any and every shred of additional competition, but this doesn't strike me as exceptionally different from what a countless number of other smaller providers are currently attempting. 
KBode
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KBode,
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6/16/2017 | 3:03:05 PM
Re: Consumer advantage?
Not sure in this case, but often it's better customer service, or (as we see with ISPs like Sonic), companies actually giving a damn about things like consumer privacy. 
brooks7
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6/15/2017 | 5:52:47 PM
Re: Alameda!
 

You know I have talked to dozens of small ISPs over the last year.  There is a mix of wireless and wireline out there.  Not sure why this one got any special attention.  In the Bay Area (different parts alone), I am aware of a dozen or so small ISPs some bigger and some smaller than this firm.  The largest I am aware of is Sonic.net.  The smallest is Monkey Brains.  I am sure that I am missing many of them.

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ErynLeavens
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ErynLeavens,
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6/15/2017 | 4:29:45 PM
Re: Alameda!
It does sound like I'm going to have to go undercover. I'll start planning my disguise...
mendyk
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mendyk,
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6/15/2017 | 4:17:41 PM
Re: Alameda!
Wow -- this story is straight out of 1998. As they say on the other side of the invisible wall, buena suerte.
msilbey
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msilbey,
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6/15/2017 | 4:11:04 PM
Re: Alameda!
Well you should go check it out! Clearly some research from a resident is in order.
ErynLeavens
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6/15/2017 | 3:04:05 PM
Alameda!
I live in Alameda! It's barely a suburb, less than a mile from downtown Oakland. Haven't heard of this company.
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