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    In 1996, I was fascinated to discover that providing Internet Access via wireless technologies was not only possible, but being done routinely by a small band of pioneering Internet Service Providers. By mid-1997, I was writing professionally about Broadband Wireless Internet Access (BWIA), first as a monthly columnist in Boardwatch Magazine.

    In 2000, I began writing about BWIA full time in my own blogs, for numerous other publications, and FOCUS On Broadband Wireless Internet Access, my subscription newsletter.

    From 2008 - 2015, I took a hiatus from writing about BWIA, but my interest in BWIA did not wane. In 2016, I was able to resume writing full time, and I formed Zero Retries to publish a family of subscription newsletters about Broadband Internet Access using various wireless technologies, not just fixed link terrestrial systems.bio page.

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    The Broadband Wireless Internet Access (BWIA) News Blog is a publication of Zero Retries.

    The BWIA News Blog provides brief mentions of selected developments in the Wireless industry relating to providing Broadband Internet Access, and related fields, technologies, and industries.

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    In 2016, the BWIA News Blog was restarted as a supplement to the BWIA News Newsletter. From 2008-2015, the BWIA News Blog was largely on hiatus. From its inception through 2008, the BWIA News Blog and the FOCUS On Broadband Wireless Internet Newsletter provided original, independent, unique, in-depth, dedicated perspective on significant developments in the BWIA industry.

    The BWIA News blog includes content that has been consolidated from previous sites, the FOCUS On Broadband Wireless Internet Newsletter, other blogs by Steve Stroh, and original content from Steve Stroh dating back to 1997 when he began writing professionally about Broadband Wireless Internet Access.

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Patrick Leary

Steve,

I can shed some light until you speak with Carlton O'Neal. Indeed WiMAX is centered on a standard-based set of technologies and the ideal dream of WiMAX is to enable for the first time in the history of telecom (except maybe for the best-effort world of Wi-Fi) access networks as open as the Internet itself. In such a world, service providers can use whatever best-of-breed technologies they wish with full expectation of interoperability and across multiple peer WiMAX carriers. However, as a company we have since learned that some vendors may have plans to add non-standard proprietary hooks that will be carrier-specific. This would create walled gardens where the certain services or devices used are only those permitted by the carrier and/or the carrier's vendor. Sound familiar? It should as it is how the "broadband" Internet access cperates in the cellular world today.

So Alvarion intends to lead the market to drive towards a WiMAX world that is truly "open" and we are thus developing our BreezeMAX-based 4-Motion ecosystem to reflect and actualize the central value of that openess.

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