Alan Levy, co-founder & CEO of Skywire Networks, one of the largest Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers in New York City discusses what to expect as net neutrality fades into the distance.
Not only has the internet become a vital part of our lives, it’s also become an integral part of the economy. Think about how much investment and innovation is driven by companies in Silicon Valley, all of whom rely on the internet in some way, shape, or form. For those companies who reap billions of dollars in revenue every year, having access to high-speed internet is something they don’t really think about because they have the money to pay whatever fees companies like Verizon or Comcast are charging them. They also have the wherewithal to build their own infrastructure, which means they care less about the general state of internet connectivity.
The internet has taken over our lives. Whether that will turn out to be beneficial or harmful (or a combination of both) remains to be seen, but the fact of the matter is that it’s near impossible to conduct any aspect of everyday life without using the internet in some way. We communicate using the internet. We pay our bills over the internet. We consume news and entertainment on the internet. Many of us require the internet to do our jobs. The internet has become woven into the fabric of everyday life, but it has become so commonplace as to seem invisible. We turn on our computers with the assumption that we will be able to access everything we need, without a thought to the infrastructure that allows that to happen. In doing so, we ignore the role that the internet - and access to it - plays in shaping the landscapes around us, particularly with regard to determining the future urban landscape and the cities of tomorrow.
For a long time, people looking for an alternative to fiber providers such as Verizon and Time Warner Cable had nowhere to turn to. As Daryl Schoolar, a principal analyst at OVUM, a market research and consulting firm, has noted, “For more than a decade, there has been great interest in operators using fixed wireless access, or microwave, as a viable ‘last-mile’ technology”, despite the fact that such technology was at the time unstable under certain conditions. But providers persevered, and fixed wireless access (also known as FWA) has become an increasingly popular option in both densely populated cities such as New York and rural areas in places like Oklahoma and Iowa.
Alan Levy, co-founder & CEO of Skywire Networks, one of the largest Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers in New York City discusses why content is king, but not with access via the "last mile".
The repeal of net neutrality was not a popular decision - at least, not among the internet users of the United States, of which there are many. So why, then, was net neutrality repealed? The answer, according to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, is because the rules set out during the tenure of the previous FCC chairman Tom Wheeler were too “heavy-handed,” and worked to penalize telecoms companies at the expense of growth and innovation - in other words, because it wasn’t favorable for ISPs.
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There is a growing appeal for fixed wireless access (FWA) as an alternative to fiber-class access methods, especially for enterprise-class services. FWA can compete directly against other technologies, like fiber, in its ability to transport Ethernet & support high-speed broadband Internet access.
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Alan Levy, co-founder & CEO of Skywire Networks, one of the largest Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers in New York City discusses why it's important to futureproof your internet connectivity.
Alan Levy, CEO and Founder, Skywire Networks made the point that private industry has already spent a ton of time and money working on 5G, and it would be a total waste to have the government start over.
"...Also in NYC, Skywire has significantly scaled its wholesale and channel activities. They've put some of the capital they raised recently to work lighting buildings in the rest of the city outside of midtown and downtown. And they have now unveiled a Partners Portal to provide better access to connectivity and pricing for lit and near-net buildings."
New York, New York – January 25, 2018 – Skywire Networks, one of the most active and fastest growing Ethernet providers in New York City, announced today that it has significantly scaled its wholesale and channel partner activities. Subsequent to a significant capital raise completed last summer, the company has now hit a new milestone – it has lit its 450th building and has now published its own near-net footprint of 20,000+ commercial buildings.
"We are incredibly excited to announce our plans to accelerate our wholesale and channel activities. Unlike most fiber providers that have focused exclusively on midtown and downtown Manhattan Class A commercial buildings, our NYC coverage area covers most of Brooklyn, Queens and those parts of Manhattan which have poor fiber density,” says Alan Levy, CEO of Skywire Networks.
Levy goes on to say, “With continued consolidation in the telecom space, there is a shortage of quality carriers that can provide wholesale SLA Ethernet private line access to buildings and businesses throughout NYC. Skywire is excited to help our partners fill this void in the marketplace.”
Skywire sells both wholesale Ethernet private lines to other carriers as well as Skywire-branded voice and data services to channel partners and agents. A key component of this effort will be the launch of our Partners Portal (https://www.skywirenetworks.com/partners). Registered users will be able to search for a NYC building by entering the service address and will immediately determine if Skywire can provide high-speed connectivity and the associated monthly recurring charges.
Skywire’s NYC portal includes Skywire lit buildings (Type 1), Skywire partner fiber buildings (Type 2), and Skywire near-net buildings. Today, the few carriers that do publish a pricing portal only include their own on-net buildings. Skywire’s portal is differentiated as an industry capable tool, in that Skywire publishes a building list of more than 60,000 NYC commercial buildings which covers essentially all of NYC.
On January 29th through January 31st, the Skywire Team will be attending the Metro Connect conference in Miami, Florida.
If you’d like to learn more about Skywire Networks and our extensive capabilities, connect with us in room 147 and hear us speak at the event:
Session Title: Understanding How to Cater to the Enterprise
Speaker: Darren Feder, President, Skywire Networks
Date: January 29, 2018
Time: 4:20 p.m. ET
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