WiMax was originally designed as a standard for wireless cable. The idea is that you create a point-to-point radio link, then use directional antenna to pour as much data across the link as possible. The link runs from a competitive fiber co-location to wherever you want to provide Wireless ISP service. Since your backhaul is free and radios are cheap, you can undercut the Bells on price, then beat them by offering Real Internet service — that is network neutrality.
Now comes word from The Wireless Report that Motorola has bought Orthogon Systems, which makes a wireless Ethernet bridge (perfect for wireless cable) that can send 300 Mbps up to 125 miles on a single haul. As a practical matter it would mean serving, say, Americus Georgia with an Atlanta fiber.
The question is, will anything come of this? Might this become an urban
legend, like the fabled "car engine that gets 100 miles per gallon)
that the auto industry supposedly buried? One reason Orthogon may have
been for sale was that it has had a hard time getting customers. The
Bell-cable monopoly is currently locked-up so tight that no one wants
to finance a competitive start-up, which is what we need if we’re to
maintain a competitive backhaul market.
And in other news, the U.S. continues to tread water in the global broadband market, now ranking in the middle of the OECD, the organization representing developed countries.