Brough Turner, Founder, netBlazr Inc.
Date: Tuesday, June 28
Time: 3:00 - 3:15 PM
Location: Salon E
Category: Products & Services
Broadband Internet access is the foundation for most new communications services, yet whether that access comes via 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi or a Cable or DSL modem, it's the fixed access network that's the bottleneck in most countries. Fiber would be ideal, but local rights-of-way and incumbent players mean politics dominates economics and there is little room for individual action. As one example, roughly 3% of US commercial buildings have "competitive" fiber connections. In these few buildings Internet access is 1/20th to 1/40th the cost it is in duopoly buildings just 100 yards away. Now that's a dysfunctional market!
Wireless: It will never beat fiber's capacity, but there is more room for individual action. Already, many 3G and 4G cell sites use point-to-point wireless links for backhaul and roughly 2000 ISPs now use fixed wireless to provide broadband access in all manner of markets. Better yet, we've passed a technology tipping point that changes several previously "established" rules, so it's time to reevaluate what we can do with this rapidly evolving technology.
It's also worth reevaluating market structure (existing ISPs and community networks), funding models, reliability approaches - you name it!
In this talk, I'll describe a clean sheet approach to community wireless networking that's currently being tested in Boston.