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Mostly broadband with highs in the 3Mbps range (our faster plan).
Short download bursts for all.
Tonight: Mostly broadband with
lows in the 1Mbps range (our slower plan). Sustained download
bursts throughout the late night and into the early morning for large downloads.
great day here at Finally Broadband :)
Broadband, LLC is a WISP.......................... Wireless Internet
We offer high speed broadband internet service
South Central Missouri
If you are located in a rural area of southern
Missouri that does not have an ISP or Internet service provider, other
than dial-up or satellite, then a WISP or wireless Internet service
provider could be your best choice for high speed broadband Internet
service. In many cases a WISP is a small family owned wireless ISP
started out of necessity to serve a rural area.
Often a wireless provider is the only real option for high
speed service with low latency in rural service areas. This is certainly the case throughout southern Missouri.
The technology used by fixed wireless providers has been around
for about twenty years although it may not be widely known among
Internet users. As the need
for broadband Internet increases and the large providers continue to
overlook rural customers, wireless technology continues to gain a larger
market share. WISPA, the
Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, has maps on their
website that indicate as much as half of the U.S. population, households
and businesses are passed by wireless Internet service.
Wireless technology can be as much as ten times less expensive to
build out, per entity passed, than wireline technology in rural areas. We expect to see continued WISP growth in rural areas of
Missouri that are still without
Reported Outages and Technical Problems
There are no known outages or technical problems at this time.
Changes in Customer Terms of Service
There are no changes in Terms of Service to report.
Broadband News and Information
About Missouri's Broadband Efforts
Please visit http://transform.mo.gov/broadband/
and check out the Missouri Broadband Now Initiative. I want everyone
to see the efforts being made by Governor Jay Nixon, his staff and
independent broadband providers around the state to bring high speed
Internet to the rural Missouri families and businesses that are still
without a viable option. These efforts consisted of many people
working many hours together in an attempt to secure funding that would
allow us to accelerate the roll-out of high speed broadband internet to the many rural
Missourians that need and deserve the same service enjoyed by our fellow
citizens who reside in the cities and metropolitan areas.
are proud to inform you that the Missouri Governor's Office has
partnered with Finally Broadband to support our second round
application for high speed broadband Internet stimulus funding. I was very impressed with the efforts made by the governor
and his staff and proud to be associated with this effort. The staff
was available by phone late evenings and I received email replies on the
weekend. They worked for several months compiling data that we could
use to document our applications and assisting us with them. They
solicited the support of Missouri elected officials and many government
and private organizations. Check out this presentation that was
assembled and sent to the Department of Commerce and the Department of
Agriculture in support of funding applications by Missouri Broadband
Internet Providers: http://transform.mo.gov/pdf/round2recommendations.pdf
Having worked day and night (about 1600 hours over 5 months) on these funding applications in round one and two, I can tell you
that Missouri was one of only two or three states that made a concerted
effort to secure funding for it's citizens. I don't believe any
state's efforts were as noteworthy as the efforts made by our great state.
There were many providers in Missouri, especially in the southern part,
that worked hard to secure funding for projects. I was pleased to
see a high number of WISP applications since I believe wireless is the
best chance a provider has to offer high speed broadband Internet service
to a high number of customers.
News For Our Rural Communities
On August 4, 2010 the United States Department of Agriculture
approved our application. All the hard work that we put
in on the first and second round applications, the efforts of the
Governor's office and the endorsements that Missouri's Senators and
Representatives provided have paid dividends for our great state.
Two applications received approval in the first round and eleven received
approval, so far, in the second round. Thirteen Missouri applications
have received approval to date for about 150 Million dollars that will help
bring high speed broadband options to Missourians.
Links to Broadband Stimulus Funding
We have several links to stimulus funding
websites on our links page. There is a link to the USDA press
release, a link to the White House press release and a link to the White House project descriptions of the
applications awarded in the final round of funding.
Information on Finally Broadband's Funding
On August 20, 2010 we returned our concurrence letter. On
November 15, we executed our Loan Grant Security Agreement. On
December 15, 2010 we completed our United States Fish and Wildlife Service
(USFWS) consultation. On January 13, 2011 we received an email from
USFWS which cleared up some language in the consultation package.
We are still in the process of completing our National Historic
Preservation Act (NHPA) requirements. After this requirement is met
we can start construction.
Marshfield - potential
access point location
We have been busy doing site
surveys for the location of our wireless equipment. It is necessary to perform
physical surveys as well as Radio Frequency surveys of all potential
sites. RF surveys insure that there is spectrum available for
wireless transmission of your high speed broadband connection.
Broadband Speed.......Did you
Testing by multiple sources has shown that in most cases
average users will notice little or no performance increase with high
speed Internet connection speeds in excess
of approximately 1.2 Mbps. This is because around this speed the
server handling your request often becomes the limiting factor.
Latency is another important factor. Latency affects
time dependent applications such as gaming and VOIP. While this type
of application has limited bandwidth requirements it requires real-time
Our wireless network is optimized for essential Internet use and
should prove satisfactory to well over 95% of all Internet users. We
don't recommend our lower tier service for streaming video or other
bandwidth intensive applications. In addition, our Terms of Service prohibit certain
operations. We are a high speed broadband Internet provider not an
entertainment provider. Our wireless network will be optimized for
information not entertainment. During peak usage times, this optimization
will be more evident.
Our wireless broadband will offer limited download data bursts at increased speeds
during peak hours to streamline your Internet experience. During
off-peak hours we allow longer duration bursts to make updating your
software and other large file transfers more pleasant.
Viruses..........Did You Know?
Computer viruses are much more common than many people
realize. They can make your computer run slower and cause frequent
system errors. In addition they can generate spam from your email
address. The above mentioned problems are only a few of the more
benign symptoms and actions caused by malicious code.
These days computer security is an important
matter. Most of us have information on our computers that we
can not afford to have fall into the hands of criminals. At the very
least you should have a good firewall in place and virus software that
runs on a regular basis. We also recommend a program that
intercepts changes to the computer registry and requests your input before
allowing any changes.
Quite often an infected computer may be generating spam
without it's owner's knowledge. This spam will cause a network's IP
Addresses to be blacklisted. If this happens the network must take
action to get it's IP Address removed from the
blacklist. If this happens to you, you will have to remove the virus
before you can continue using your email.
An Internet service provider,
especially a WISP, has to be vigilant in
their quest to stop
malicious code. There are many users depending on the maintenance
of a safe network for their Internet use. In addition, each user of
the network bears responsibility to do their part to maintain a safe environment.
Please do your part. We will strive to do our part.
Network Operations Center - tower
Our WISP NOC (Network Operations Center) will be
located on State Highway A near Diggins, MO. This will be the
Business Office location as well. We will be constructing a 195'
Trylon STG guyed tower at this location. We have fiber optic cable
passing by the NOC on the North side of the highway. This will
serve as our central location from which to backhaul our bandwidth, on
Microwave links, to our various wireless access point locations throughout
rural families connected.sm