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Anatomy of a Rural Wireless ISP

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Brett Glass, a longtime reader who more often than not disagrees with pretty much everything we have to say about network neutrality and other bandwidth issues, is a man who speaks his mind, loudly. His point of view is shaped by his experiences. He’s been offering wireless Internet service in Laramie, Wyo., for a very long time. In a lunch at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he talked about how he built this ISP. It is a story of grit, hard work, logistical nightmares and frustration. Glass’ story and what it entailed is captured on video. You can watch or download it from the Berkman Center’s web site.

So while we may not see eye-to-eye on many issues, we found his story worth sharing. Hope you can check it out. There’s also an accompanying presentation that you might want to watch as well.

2 Responses to “Anatomy of a Rural Wireless ISP”

  1. I have a long, eight part story about the struggles of a small town to get broadband service and how they finally got it. It is an eye opener for people who are not directly involved in the WISP industry and a reflection of the everyday struggles that WISPs face. Medicine Bow is about a 90 minute drive from Laramie.

    Parts I and II of the story have been posted on the site.

    My intention is to feature more articles about WISPs in the future. If you have a story that you would like to share with the world, please contact me at wirelesscowboy -at-

    Matt Larsen

  2. Brett Glass

    Om, thank you for posting this. While parts of my talk focused on the obstacles faced by small, rural, independent, and wireless ISPs, I hope that, overall, viewers will see it as optimistic. All WISPs need are policy decisions which are not harmful to us — or perhaps, if it’s not too much to ask, just mildly supportive of our efforts — and we can do great good for the economy, education, political participation, and consumer choice.