If I reprinted every press release related to Broadband Wireless Internet Access, it could consume an entire blog (I know - I tried... There's another BWIA-related site where press releases are the entire content, and another blog where most of the content is simply cut-and-paste-hijacked from other sites).
But every once in a while, I receive a good, relevant, timely press release like the one below. This one is notable for three reasons:
- It illustrates that that small Broadband Wireless Internet Access Service Providers (they usually call themselves Wireless Internet Service Providers - WISPs) are alive and well - consolidations are a sign of a healthy industry.
- That Broadband Wireless Internet Access has a critical role to play in delivering Broadband Internet Access to rural areas that aren't lucrative enough for carriers and other players to deign to serve all the customers in that area.
- That Broadband Wireless Internet Access isn't all about WiMAX (and Wi-Fi) or licensed spectrum. In a followup with Rotter, he stated that Baycom uses Motorola Canopy systems in a variety of license-exempt bands - 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 5.2/5.4/5.8 GHz.
Actually... there's a fourth reason for featuring it. Baycom is apparently one of those very rare smaller BWIA SPs that are clueful enough to put energy and attention into promoting themselves, like issuing a well-written press release upon a major development in their business. I've preached the importance of promotion / PR like this over and over again to audiences of "WISPs" and been largely ignored.
Kudos, Baycom! Press Release follows.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Steve Rotter
Baycom Finalizes Acquisition of TheGlobalNet Broadband Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) Business
Thursday October 16, 2008
Company Continues Expansion to Deliver High‐speed Wireless Internet and Future Wireless Services Throughout Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin – Baycom Broadband , (www.baycombroadband.com) a leading provider of wireless communications solutions, announced today that the company has completed the acquisition of TheGlobalNet, a wireless internet service provider (WISP) in Northeast Wisconsin. The acquisition expands the Baycom Broadband Network to reach into an additional three counties and over 400 square miles of coverage throughout rural Wisconsin.
“Our goal is simple; provide the most reliable high‐speed wireless internet service available and give our customers the greatest, world‐class support” said Baycom President, Steve Elias. “This acquisition helps expand our service network with the potential to reach over 600,000 residents and businesses throughout the state”.
Although high‐speed internet is common in metro areas, many suburban and rural communities are still limited to slower dial‐up connections. The Baycom service has created new opportunities for under‐served rural communities and businesses to stay connected.
"We wanted to make sure that the people of Maribel have access to services that make their lives better" stated Donna Duckart, Maribel, Wisconsin Village Clerk. "That's why we selected Baycom Broadband to provide high‐speed internet service for our village government and our residents".
“At Royal Scot Golf Club, we’re always looking for ways to improve the experience of our customers” said Marcus Rand of Royal Scot Golf Club in New Franken, Wisconsin. “By providing Baycom high‐speed wireless internet, we can improve our operations and let our customers work and play at the same time”.
With over 50 years experience serving Wisconsin’s government, business and residential customers, Baycom has built a strong reputation for Total Customer Satisfaction. One customer had this to say about their recent Baycom service experience. “The experience I had with every member of the Baycom staff was stellar” said Wisconsin resident Angie Durkee. “Because of my work schedule, I wasn’t able to be home during normal office hours and I couldn’t believe that a company would work around my schedule; Baycom has really taken the “customer is always right’” mantra to heart”
In addition to investing in a great customer service team, Baycom has been aggressively growing their network to provide innovative broadband services to Wisconsin residents. In the past 18 months, the company has added over 20 new antenna sites and tower locations and they have installed a commercial‐grade wireless backbone powered by Motorola (NYSE: MOT) Canopy technology
“The vision for our wireless network goes well beyond the high‐speed internet we offer today” explained Rich Haslitt Baycom’s Director of Broadband Services and Network Architect. “We can now offer customers a wide variety of innovative wireless solutions such as business internet backup, Voice over IP (VOIP) and wireless video security and monitoring solutions. Imagine your garage door sending you an email because it was left open too long or a wireless camera sending you pictures of your property while you are on vacation… it’s all possible with the Baycom Broadband network”
"We rely on Baycom's high‐speed internet service every day to power our business web site and email for all our truck sales" said Norb Zitzelsberger, President of Norb's Truck Sales. "The service has been flawless and really helps us operate efficiently"
Baycom is one of the Midwest's leading providers of wireless voice, data and video solutions.
For over 50 years, Baycom has been serving government, business and residential customers
with innovative communications technologies like 2‐way radio systems and broadband
internet. Baycom is proud to be the official communications company for the Green Bay
Packers and is privileged to call world class companies like Ford, Georgia Pacific, Kohler, CAT,
Honda and Harley Davidson customers. www.baycombroadband.com
(end press release)
BWIA vendors and service providers - please do send me your press releases, but I offer no promises that they'll get the same treatment as Baycom's press release above.
By Steve Stroh
This article is Copyright © 2008 by Steve Stroh except for specifically-marked excerpts (the text of the press release reprinted above, with permission). Excerpts and links are expressly permitted (and encouraged).
This article was written and posted via Broadband Wireless Internet Access (BWIA) ; Sprint Mobile Broadband service using a Sierra Wireless 595U USB modem - 1xEV-DO Rev. A on a MacBook Pro laptop.
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