Editor’s Corner—The economics of fixed wireless, from LTE to 5G, and what it means – Fierce Wireless

Fixed wireless services have been around for years. As wireless technologies have improved (think 2G to 4G), so have the speeds. Rise Broadband offers an even clearer look at the economics of LTE-powered fixed wireless services. Specifically, the company’s co-founder and chief development officer, Jeff Kohler, said recently that fixed deployments typically cost a fifth to a tenth what it would cost to build a comparable wired service.

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4G LTE Leveraged for Fixed Wireless Broadband in Rural Communities – RCR Wireless News

Approximately 30% of U.S. households in remote and rural communities still lack access to high speed broadband, and availability of fixed terrestrial broadband services in rural America continues to lag behind urban and suburban areas at all speeds. Rise Broadband has leveraged private equity investments to acquire 100+ smaller operators since its founding in 2006, and is now the largest U.S. Wireless Internet Service Provider with approximately 200,000 subscribers in 16 mid and western states.

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Boulder broadband ballot measure unlikely until at least 2018 – Boulder Daily Camera

Boulder is primed to pump the brakes on its effort to establish citywide broadband, with those closest to the issue urging that the City Council delay any potential ballot measure asking voters to approve new funding for the project. Rise Co-founder states that new technology is evolving and (the city has to) understand what technology is coming before deciding on the best broadband vehicle to provide for Boulder citizens.

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FCC Could Significantly Slow Deployment With Major Changes to 3.5 GHz Rules, Industry Says – Communications Daily

Rise Broadband is trying to help close the digital divide by offering competitively-priced broadband to mostly rural homes and businesses. The 3.5 GHz band would connect not only the unconnected and the underserved in the rural areas but also provide a competitive choice for business and homes in suburban areas.

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Google, Boingo, Microsoft and more urge quick FCC action on 3.5 GHz CBRS band – Fierce Wireless

A group of 17 entities, including Google, Boingo Wireless, Microsoft, American Tower and Rise Broadband, sent a letter to the FCC urging the commission to stick to the rules it…for the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) band. Rise has made quite an investment in the 3.5 GHz band and it’s concerned that if the FCC were to change the rules, it would undermine its efforts.

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