Wireless Mesh: Power To The People

Passmore, David
June 2005
Business Communications Review;Jun2005, Vol. 35 Issue 6, p16
Trade Publication
The article focuses on wireless services provided by municipal networks. Peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies have threatened to shake up service provider networks and business models. P2P is a very efficient mechanism that leverages the bandwidth, storage and processing of thousands (or millions) of networked computers. New wireless ser\ices based on 802.16 WiMAX may emerge to challenge the established operators. The failure of so many CLECs has shown it's not easy to create new service providers that can compete with the Bells. But hope also comes from municipal wireless networks. Because local incumbents have found it uneconomical to invest in rural broadband, or have neglected some urban neighborhoods, citizens have organized to create their own metro-area networks. Some local politicians have pushed for municipal wireless networks to attract and retain businesses, to increase Internet access by students, or simply to improve quality of life. However, municipal network deployments have not gone unnoticed by the incumbent telecommunication companies, who claim it's inappropriate to force private companies to compete with municipalities.


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