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Comment Re:Where is the outrage? (Score 1) 341

Where is the outrage over this? It's amazing, Clinton gets a blow job from an intern and he gets impeached by the House! But yet this happens and... nothing. Oh, sure, the media is -talking- about it, people are -talking- about it, but where are the protests? Where is the action? Revolutions have been fought over less than this!

Clinton was impeached because he lied under oath. The blowjob was not the reason.

Study history before spouting off.

Comment Re:Last Mile (Score 3, Informative) 60

You are referring to a (w)ISP.

I own one and it is exactly how you postulate. I started with one tower 12 miles from the nearest Fiber POP. Now I have 7 towers covering 34 square miles in less than 1 year.

I provide a good service for a reasonable price. No caps, no filters, just the "speed limit" that your tier of service is set to.

Comment Re:height = more problems (Score 1) 83

The problem that was already addressed is the curving of earth, because it can be overcome with height. Let's sustain that increasing the altitude of your dishes will allow greater distance without the sphere's shape interfering, you still have all of the factors associated with those heights: weather, cost of getting there, service, general maintenance.

Maintenance: How easy is it to remove ice? Snow? What about the cost of maintaining the tower?

Service: What do you do when you can't communicate with the unit, and you've ruled out everything except the cable between the unit and it's nearest point of contact?

Cost: This is a broader issue than maintenance, because it allows for not owning the tower/building. Tower space is premium, building roof-tops are premium, labor to install, service, or repair is EXTRA premium. Not only do you need guys willing to climb 200+ feet, but they need to be technically capable. http://www.midweststeeplejacks.com/ charges no less than $250/hr.

Weather: Why don't you see point-to-point connections on towers that are 200ft up on towers? Because the bandwidth requires very high frequencies, and those frequencies are very susceptible to any movement caused by wind. I've seen a gentle breeze (on the ground) turn a wireless link from -45 dbi to -60. Let's not forget rain and snow.

The only good ways to mount an antenna or dish at a height, and ensure reliability, are with a very large antenna (think something with 3 or 4 legs and covering at least 400 feet^2), or a building.

You sound like someone who has never looked at a communication tower, much less installed and used equipment on one.

I run a WISP and have equipment dangling hundreds of feet in the air. With proper planning, amazing results can be achieved. Weather is a factor over 6Ghz but, once again, this is not a problem with proper planning.

Comment I, for one,.... (Score 2) 391

I , for one, welcome our new automatic steering overlorrrrdd....... Wait, no I don't!

Traffic accidents happen fast. Normally due to 2 distracted (or impared) drivers crossing path.

If you are a defensive driver, you always have an "out". I, like a responsible adult, keep my distance, travel at a safe speed, respect the road conditions, etc. I have only had one near-miss and it was due to someone running a red-light.

Comment Re:Free market! (Score 3, Interesting) 419

Upstream data is plentiful. Last mile data delivery is the problem.

The routers and fibers carrying the internet backbone are upgradable and there are plenty of routes.

The problem comes when a incumbent drops 200 households on a single gigabit line. You can do the math. Although everyone is not using their full connection, at some point there is a limit.

I agree I am a middle man. The rates I pay are in the $50/Mbit completely unlimited. When I started a year ago, the rates were closer to $90/Mbit. This shows the costs for bandwidth are dropping (if you can afford to buy enough).

Comment Re:Free market! (Score 5, Interesting) 419

I run a small WISP (wireless ISP, tower based) that does exactly this. We cost more than the incumbents but offer unlimited downloads and you get what your pay for.

People are happy to pay money for a service that performs as advertised.

My tiers bill out at $36/Mbit. It sounds steep compared to a 10Mbit for $80/mo from the local incumbent. Except that the incumbent can't actually provide that speed, nor will they let you use your connection to the fullest.

Comment Re:Only 19 million? (Score 1) 279

Less than 3Mbps might as well be dialup.

You can't really stream much video over it, video conferencing is probably right out and I doubt that slow a link is very reliable. They had to put a limit on it, or people would assume like you that even ISDN should be considered broadband.

Mind you much of what you are considering broadband is actually baseband. So they might as well keep redefining broadband over and over since they already destroyed the term.

A stable 1Mbit connection is plenty fast to stream from any provider.

The problem is that ISP's oversubscribe so your 3Mbit connection is really like 512kbps.

Source: I own a small ISP.

Comment WISP Operator Here (Score 1) 279

I own a small WISP (fixed Wireless ISP). I report my customers to the FCC via Form 477.

I have plans up-to 10 Mbit (if the customer is willing to pay for it). When you are serving customers with a density of 5 houses per sq mile, the infrastructure cost to deliver that speed is pretty high. My ISP provides service at $36/Mbit. Buy as much speed as you want. 10Mbit = $360/mo.

Once you realize that speeds being sold "in town" are "up to" speeds, you realize that a 12Mbit cable connection provides a consistent 2Mbit connection. My bandwidth prices are competitive. You can run NetFlix, Hulu, YouTube, etc over a 1Mbit connection without buffering (as long as it is a stable 1Mbit). Anything over 2 Mbit is rarely noticed if you are not downloading or running multiple streams.

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