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Re: fastest they offer me is 1.5mb
We tested the technology here in central Georgia. Cities and counties were going to pitch in to provide some competition to the incumbent ISPs. It was going to provide municipalities some reductions in the cost of telecommunications. It was a massive failure. During the test it was discovered that the number of access points needed to cover the county was going to be many times what the WiMAX enthusiasts had implied. If you give an initial engineering estimate of 100 access points, to properly service every residence, business, and government building, and it turns out it would really take 100,000, you lose credibility. It would probably be cheaper to just pay the phone companies to provide every building with an additional DSL line and an outside WiFi antenna. The commercial problems with Clearwire showed the concept was seriously flawed. The frequencies used by WiMAX today are too high to be useful when obstacles are in the way. Maybe if the "whitespace" OTA television broadcast frequencies are made available, or maybe some of the actual OTA TV channels, then WiMAX might work.