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How to Solve NYC’s Broadband Problem

By Alan Levy on Nov 10, 2020 9:27:10 AM

 

I recently read a thoroughly researched article titled – “It’s 2020: Why Is The Internet Still Treated Like A Luxury, Not A Utility?” As the CEO of Skywire Networks, not only have I been asking this same question for many years, but I have worked with my team over the past 6 years to build an internet network throughout NYC, especially in the “fiber poor” outer-boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

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Is 5G in NYC Fact or Fiction? I say Fiction…

By Alan Levy on Nov 5, 2020 1:46:42 PM

Early last month, with much fanfare, Apple announced their new 5G iPhone12. As the Apple ads hit the airwaves, not surprisingly so did the ads for Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T all touting their “5G” networks. If you read the fine print, you will realize that a very small portion of the 5G nationwide network is available and operating. There are 20,000 cities in the US and one of the carriers noted that they have lit 2,000 cities or 10%. If you dig a bit deeper, the total populations of these 2,000 cities is less than 1% of the total population. Anyway, these companies want to sell tons of phones and selling a new shiny object like 5G is a great way to do so.

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We were Featured in American Security Today Regarding our Pandemic Response

By Paul Harr on Sep 23, 2020 6:31:56 PM

We were featured in American Security Today regarding our pandemic response.

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Skywire Networks extends its network to Northern Manhattan and Southern Bronx.

By Alan Levy on Aug 12, 2020 9:35:01 AM

Skywire Networks, one of NYC’s fastest growing ISP’s, having lit more than 800 buildings and providing data services to thousands of business customers, is excited to announce that it has extended its network to Northern Manhattan and Southern Bronx.

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8 Facts to Set the Record Straight About Fixed Wireless Internet

By Alan Levy on Jun 19, 2020 2:42:29 PM

The following article was written by our good friend Skyler Ditchfield, the CEO at California based GeoLinks and we couldn't agree more.  While Skywire Networks provides both Fiber and Fixed Wireless access methods (often both resulting in true diversity), Fixed Wireless is a key component of what we do as owners of one the largest networks in NYC.

Fixed wireless is one of the most reliable, cost-effective connectivity solutions in the marketplace. Despite a proven track record, many misconceptions persist about fixed wireless service. Some of this confusion stems from the early iterations of fixed wireless, some is the product of Internet rumors and some is based on simple misunderstanding of the different types of wireless connections. In reality, today’s fixed wireless solutions can be game changers for business in terms of cost, reliability, redundancy, speed of deployment and scalability.

To set the record straight, we’ve prepared this quick guide to 8 key facts about fixed wireless Internet services.

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Skywire Networks Lights its 800th Building in NYC

By Paul Harr on May 27, 2020 3:35:07 PM

We hope that everyone is safe and healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As an essential service provider and one of the most active network builders in NYC, we have stayed busy during the crisis. We are proud to announce that we have recently lit our 800th building.

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Skywire Networks Deploying Critical Infrastructure in NYC for COVID-19 Response

By Alan Levy on Apr 23, 2020 11:12:34 AM

We hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during this pandemic.

NYC is at the center of this crisis and our team is on the front lines in deploying critical infrastructure to city, state and federal agencies.

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Skywire Action Plan in the Wake of Covid-19

By Paul Harr on Mar 16, 2020 11:40:05 AM

Dear Skywire customers and partners,

At this time when the news is dominated by Coronavirus, I wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are vigilantly implementing enhanced protocols and increasing network capacity, redundancy, and security to ensure that your network and business continues to run seamlessly and without interruption. 
We are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus, which among other things has resulted in the implementation of unprecedented levels of remote workforce policies. Demand for broadband services continues to rise especially as video conferencing, virtual-events tools, conference calling and other UC tools, are relied on to insure seamless communication with your employees, customers and partners.  
Here’s what we’re doing:

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Is Special Construction Killing Your Deals?

By Paul Harr on Oct 23, 2019 12:49:38 PM

We have all been through it. We go through the process of identifying what we thought were “lit” facilities, prepare a quote for the customer and eventually win the opportunity.  Then after a month of back and forth with the underlying carrier, we get that deal killing news….SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION CHARGES!

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Velstar Helps Key Hudson Yard Area Building Achieve Internet Connectivity Certification

By Paul Harr on Oct 7, 2019 11:14:02 AM

NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Velstar International LLC, a global technology solutions provider, announced today the deployment of a high-quality, fully redundant, dual-path Internet network into 555 West 25th Street in New York City. Owned by MacTaggart Family & Partners (MFP LP), this PLATINUM Certified building is a stately, six-story, pre-war loft building in the heart of the West Chelsea Art District and a few blocks from Hudson Yards. It offers tenants a broad range of technology amenities in partnership with Skywire Networks, one of the fastest-growing Internet builders in NYC. MFP LP has made a significant investment in the building's elevator system, common-area upgrades, surveillance and access security, as well as fiber-based, high-speed Internet, data and voice services.

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Skywire Networks Selected by Success Academy for Dual Path Network Connectivity

By Paul Harr on Aug 13, 2019 10:03:38 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 13, 2019

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Bringing Broadband to the Outer Boroughs of NYC

By Paul Harr on Jun 19, 2019 1:00:11 PM

In 2004, an article was published by a research thinktank called The Center For an Urban Future titled - New York’s Broadband Gap. It’s remarkable how little has been accomplished in the 15 years since the article was published. Sometimes you need to look into the past to see the future.

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Fixed wireless broadband startup Starry files to raise up to $125 million.

By Paul Harr on May 14, 2019 8:30:21 AM

It’s nice to see Starry, a Boston based fixed wireless company focused primarily on the urban MDU space, raise $120 million at a pre-money valuation of $875 million. 

For $50/month, Starry delivers 200MB speeds to residential customers living in apartment buildings initially in Boston and in other cities. Starry, Skywire and other platforms which deliver OTT services are contributing to the massive increase in “cord cutting” which increased to 1 million homes in the fourth quarter.  

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TBI Event: Darren Feder Spreading the Skywire Story!

By Paul Harr on Apr 5, 2019 9:30:02 AM

Awesome day at TBI's NYC Cloud Commission event! Thanks @TBI Team!

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Channel Partners: Intelisys Teams with Ethernet Provider Skywire

By Paul Harr on Mar 14, 2019 12:06:29 PM

"Intelisys has aligned with a major Ethernet provider to serve New York City.  The ScanSource-owned master agent/distributor is partnering with Skywire Networks, which has 525 lit buildings in the Big Apple. Intelisys subagents can now offer services on Skywire’s broadband network...The new supplier gives needed resources to partners facing portfolio gaps when it comes to serving New York City area customers.  Skywire prides itself on reaching “digital deserts,” which are offices that aren’t part of well-lit “class A” commercial buildings."

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