In general, we help you select a viable market to build a WISP in, by taking out the emotion. Most WISPs are built because someone felt compelled to solve their Internet access issues or they wanted to be the “savior” of the community. These types of builds rarely succeed. We take out that emotion and focus on quantifiable items we can evaluate
Our support services include:
Does the terrain make deployment too challenging or too expensive? Elevation changes, dense foliage, climate and more must be considered.
Is the community too sparsely populated? We are cognizant of population density and other factors when considering the network design.
What income levels, living standards, and commercialization trends are we working with? Understanding our community helps us plan for success.
Have any grants been awarded or is there any eligibility? Grants can be a catalyst for entry or a competitive barrier to overcome.
Who is serving the community today and what are their speeds/ prices? What are people saying about the service?
What resources are available to leverage in the market? We look for the best sources of bandwidth and suitable tall tower structures.
We also check the competition and look for undocumented WISPs. We check for yard signs advertising high-speed internet and follow up on them (most tend to be satellite). We look at the homes and the areas. Do they match what we saw online? Is the commercial district viable? What options are there for future expansion or growth we might have missed during the high-level review? The time in the field is used to build the project budget and complete the final network design. When we return to the office after the field visit, we seek out tower commitments and fiber quotes based on our preliminary plan. This goes into the budget. We present a plan, budget, and rough timeline to get it going.