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Re: [funsec] Not so fast, broadband providers tell big users (fwd)

  • From: Alexander Harrowell
  • Date: Wed Mar 14 05:42:37 2007
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On 3/13/07, Daniel Senie <[email protected]> wrote:

>   How do longer-range wireless technologies like WiMAX
>potentially impact the equation?

If cell phone companies have not covered an area, what makes you
think WiMAX is a magic solution? How well does WiMAX work to cover
hilly, forested, rural terrain? Who will pay to put up enough towers
to provide coverage? Will municipalities unhappy about the look of
towers consider this a reasonable alternative to running services
along telephone poles that already exist? If the cell carriers
haven't found it economic to provide coverage, why would the WiMAX provider?

WiMAX should work very well for hilly and forested terrain - it splits the signal across any multipath that may be around, so the more the merrier (within reason).