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Proxim is offering a WISP starter kit: The package includes a Proxim base station with antenna plus six subscriber units. The platform can be migrated to WiMax.
The DailyWireless bit on the offering includes a great profile of a WISP in Michigan that currently uses the Proxim gear. The operator serves the public schools and offers half-price dial-up to families with school kids, and then donates 10 percent of the revenue to the schools.
DailyWireless also refers to an interesting statistic that shows the number of WISPs based in the U.S. has grown from 300 in 1998 to almost 8,500 in 2004. While I’m sure some of these WISPs compete head-to-head with the incumbent wireline telcos, I would wager that the majority of them serve communities that have no other broadband option. I suggest that the increase in number of WISPs indicates how poorly the telcos are serving communities outside of the big cities.
Posted by nancyg at March 22, 2005 3:20 PM
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