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Fixed-Wireless Providers Barter For
Antenna Space

Scott Lindsey, head of the Rural Broadband Coalition in Washington, complains that the U.S. is falling behind other countries in terms of getting broadband to rural communities. (The nation ranks 12th in total broadband penetration.)

 indsey noted fixed wireless has taken the forefront, with satellite service being a good alternative in some areas. There are about two thousand fixed-wireless providers in the U.S., most of them mom-and-pop operations with a few hundred users.

These companies often barter for antenna space on hilltop houses, and charge others between $50 and $75 a month for several megabits per second of wireless connectivity, which usually has a range of six to eight miles. (A subscriber is given a radio and mounts a fixed antenna with a line of sight to the transmission antenna.)

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