It's (still, Pacific time) Thursday, November 15 (already?!?!?!?!), 2007, and welcome back to Good Day... er, Evening, BWIA, a light
compendium of news, items of interest, irreverent commentary, and occasional light analysis relating to Broadband
Wireless Internet Access (including WiMAX, public access Wi-Fi, etc.).
FCC opens 3.65 GHz band for registration While I saw some info posted a bit earlier on a WISPA list, it wasn't for public consumption. Michael Anderson, Chairman of Part-15.org broke the news for public consumption this morning on on a number of his organization's mailing lists:
Today, the FCC’s website began accepting registrations for the 3650-3700 band. See the PART-15.ORG website for more details later this afternoon. Additionally, Redline Communications received their FCC equipment certification approval for their AN-100AU. More to follow later today on the P15 website. Michael
This is a pretty big deal for the smaller Broadband Wireless Internet Access Service Providers (who often call themselves Wireless Internet Service Providers, or WISPs) because the license-lite nature of this band will give them some protection from interference (not to mention they're not sharing this band with all manner of other devices like baby monitors, cordless phones, etc.) and allow them to use some of the good WiMAX gear that's been coming out of late. The combination of license-lite promising some remedy for interference, the use of (real) WiMAX equipment might mean that WISPs can go after better financing options from local bankers and investors.
Today's Clearwire Modem Weather Report - Hollywood Hill, Woodinville, Washington - Over the course of the day, I've seen it Solid 3 and Solid 4 Bars.
Presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about wireless Obama spoke at Google's headquarters today about technology and innovation. Unfortunately, his mentions about wireless policy were the usual blather - "review", "incentives", "more efficient", etc. ad nauseum. At least he's talking about technology (PDF file), and doesn't seem technophobic (or blatantly and proudly techno-clueless like most politicians), and the idea of a US Government CTO sounds like a good idea. But it's apparent Obama doesn't really understand the issues of wireless at all, nor how Broadband Wireless Internet Access could realize true universal broadband connectivity.
Glenn Fleishman does a good review of the Motorola Expedience PC Card I was impressed with Fleishman's pretty thorough review of the Expedience PC Card as used on Clearwire's Seattle-area Expedience network. I was surprised that Glenn reported no problems using it while actually mobile (street speeds, not freeway speeds). I know that Glenn knew better than to call Expedience "WiMAX", and he did a good job explaining that Expedience and Clearwire-to-date isn't WiMAX to his readers.
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