Rural Broadband 10 Years Ago

November 1, 2013
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Today, we’re talking about 10 megabit service to rural America as if that’s a big deal. At this location, 10 years ago, a 10 megabit 5 wireless access points offered service to a large part of Aspen Colorado. 10 years ago, 3 megabit wireless service was standard. Today’s value proposition? 30 megabit wireless service, with unlimited data caps. Applications like streaming HD video, and uploading large files for business – no problems.

Hidden site view of Aspen Colorado - circa 2002

Hidden site view of Aspen Colorado – circa 2002

In rural areas, its crucial to find sites where the land owner has an interest in the advancement of telecommunications, and of course, who doesn’t have an interest in rural broadband today?

Wilk Wilkinson signed a lease for this property to assure rural residents around Aspen could receive broadband internet connections, at a time when broadband services were limited by contractual mistakes made by the City of Aspen, making it impossible for competition to use the fiber network the City and Comcast installed. That was then. Today’s rural solutions can’t depend on contracts and negotiations made in the dark. If your community is planning a Rural broadband network, make sure its done in the open, transparently and with the community’s input.

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Mounting for wireless access points, backhaul and solar power.

Create hidden, reliable, 20 year life span small wireless network points of presence where the most residents can benefit. By using separate backhaul point to point and end-user channels, interference is not an issue. Wireless installations have limited lifespans as the technology is rapidly evolving.

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Soalr controller, storage, remote system monitor

Creating specifications for interconnect make it possible for multiple vendors to use a single network.

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Five 100 megabit data and power cables

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