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May. 8th, 2003

06:28 pm - I like the existence of ISPs, don't you?

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A Critical Year for ISPs

The phone companies don't like the existence of ISPs. It cuts into their control, and it cuts into their market. The phone company is remarkably hostile when it loses a customer. And, the FCC, rather unsurprisingly has been helping out the phone company's in a variety of ways. Everything from overlooking fraud to approving rate increases with the idea that the phone company will use the money to install new technology (like that will happen), sometimes both for the same company.

This article gives more detail, and some useful advice. IMHO, what ISPs should do is start investigating and implementing wireless WAN technologies. They'll be an expensive investment, but the long term payoff is potentially very large.

Oh, yes, these people might be good to visit too.

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Date:May 9th, 2003 02:31 am (UTC)
Just out of interest - why the push for wireless ? And do you mean wireless from an ISP hub to a basestation in the users home and then traditional cabling or more than that ?

Here wireless networks (satellite links rather than wifi) have only been rolled out in rural areas, which I think is linked to the cost.

I'd be interested to see the figures supporting the return on investment for a wireless model (Sorry I'm an ex-telecomms company employee specifically in the data networks & ISP area so you peaked my interest). I'd imagine that the cost of wireless far outweighs traditional fibre & copper which would mean the telcos could grind the wireless opposition into the ground using price cuts.
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Date:May 9th, 2003 03:34 am (UTC)

I mean pushing the ISP model even farther and having ISPs for neighborhoods measuring in the few blocks to square mile or two. Those neighbordhood ISPs would run wireless links based on directional reception technologies to a major ISP hub. There is actually a fair amount of competition for really long distances (more than 50 miles), so running that over wire makes sense.

I would mean for this also to cut into the phone companies bread and butter business, telephone communications.

It would be best for each link to use a couple of RF ranges to account for the various kinds of interference that can happen.

My cell phone bill is already cheaper than my phone bill for a single line.

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