- Actually there are a number of "interesting" things happening to make
802.11B deployment profitable and possible. First, Congress has two bills in
front of it that will offer economic incentives to companies that can
deliver high-speed Internet access.
There was talk about how to "finance" rolling out an 802.11B network
nationwide. I've given some thought to the idea and here is what I think.
Rather than set up a single company (and try to get it financed) to deploy
wireless networks, why not set it up as a franchise operation? There are so
many small ISPs (already have a T1 or better going to their site) and need a
way to get past the RBOCs. What better way than to utilize them to expand
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rahul Dave" <rahul@...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 8:25 AM
Subject: Re: [decentralization] 802.11 phones
> > I can tell you an iPAQ with a 802.11B PC Card can do it. I have it
> > right now - and it doesn't (for the most part) even stress the network.
> > run a SIP phone program on top of it and it works fine.
> > The biggest hurdle to 802.11-based cell phones is deployment. There
> > a nationwide 802.11 network blanketing all of the major cities. Of
> > you could manufacture a triple-band analog-digital-802.11 phone but it
> > would be pricey to put all of that hardware in one device and the 802.11
> > part would only work when you were in the office.
> The deployment part is where a financial model would be needed. Here the
> impetus would be cheaper broadband landline by passing cost on to the
> (possibly many more) phone customers.
> You would need to do this and perhaps some symmetric line booster
> spots yourself for this to be viable.
> The interesting thing IMHO is that this provides money to the
> entrenched powers that be as opposed to a community network..the crucial
> issue I always thought was the peering with the land internet issue which
> is solved to the benefit of all and lower marginal cost to a much larger
> of subscribers, if they bite (the big if :-))
> > I think that the original question was addressing cell phones which
> > happened to have 802.11 as an added bonus. The discussion has already
> > moved on to the idea of 802.11 devices which can do VoIP and thus get
> > of the old cell network (or just do IM or whatever). I've been planning
> Given the asymmetry of most broadband landline connections, a
> multifunction phone would make more sense than VOIP. And you could hand
> a very poor bandwidth 9.6KBits data network when the signal was poor.
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