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David Theodore, Fixed Wireless Innovator

What's Next for WISPs?
Certified Internet Resilience, Critical Protection to Make it Rain Enterprise Business

It may surprise you to know that there was a WISP back in 1987, before "WISP" was a term. Then, fixed wireless was called "broadband" or "microwave radio".   

In fact, fixed wireless gave world renowned institutions their first internet access years before the 802.11 standard emerged. Then, the internet backbone ran at 10 Mbps and so too did an innovative new point-to-point microwave solution—the Etherwave 
LAN Radio—developed to 802.3 standards by Microwave Bypass, a startup out of Cambridge, MA. I was that company's 25-year old founder.

1 of 3: Realizing my dream of the first wireless internet access.
 

Today, microwave is referred to as "fixed wireless" and it's been scaled to meet the needs of residential users, helping to closing the digital divide, thanks largely to enterprising local providers and government grants like RDOF. The problem however, is that it's getting harder to be a provider in a business that's increasingly commoditized. Lowest price wins and quality is in the eye of the provider. Sometimes good, sometimes atrocious.  

2 of 3: Cheerleader for the fixed wireless revolution, bringing competitive internet access to the home. 
 

But stay tuned, because the best is about to come, thanks to a developing standard and certification program for internet resilience to extreme weather. Here, we're protecting mission critical business and government infrastructure, where failure isn't an option. Here, we're not talking about competitive price erosion or a "race to the bottom", but instead, we're representing a premium product, sold by criticality, not lowest price and where volume is high and customer retention, practically endless. 

3 of 3: Advancing Certified Internet Resilience. The Next Big Thing.

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