18 years ago, Brett Glass — an electrical engineer, inventor, and technology columnist — established LARIAT, the first terrestrial wireless Internet service provider (WISP), in Laramie, Wyoming. What’s it like to roll up your sleeves and roll out high speed connectivity to underserved and unserved areas with, literally, one’s bare hands? What are the logistics? What are the challenges? In this talk, Brett explores these questions and others.
He makes it clear that pricing backhaul capacity at $300/MBps is the point where telecoms can begin to offer low-cost $30 a month unlimited usage accounts to their retail customers. In the Pacific, this is the point we should set our targets on and should be a key benchmark for measuring the success of liberalisation efforts.
The challenges faced by ISPs in rural Wyoming are very similar to those in emerging market environments. In this video, you can see him discussing very pertinent topics such as pricing for backhaul, innovation, competition, regulation, etc. Delivered at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, this approximately 70 minute long clip (available in video and audio) is highly informative and a must for anyone interested in the issues presented on this site.
Brett Glass on Lessons from Laramie: Broadband Innovation on the Wireless Frontier can be accessed here in several formats, including those for users with low-bandwidth connections.