Recently, I have made valid points, in stating that the WISP has, within their network, a private network called the Intranet. In making those statements I have been contacted by many potential ‘end-users‘ of WISP services. I have directed them to the WISPA – Find a WISP and to FIND FIXED WIRELESS INTERNET.
People are concerned and I believe they have a right to be. Everyday we get more dependent on our tether to the ‘Net, but what happens when it fails?
In thinking about the Intranet, I realize that ‘us’ pioneers got it wrong when we started building the Internet, as we should have started locally with an Intranet. It makes much more sense for interconnectivity with a complete redundant path. And we all know ‘redundancy‘ is the key to the Internet.
And the fact remains that the WISP Intranet would be one of the best disaster communications that we could have.
Building an Intranet is not a huge imposition for the WISP, as it is already built on their private IP scheme! It is simply a matter of adding a www server and BBS service and letting your subs know how to access.
Look at the other side of this issue, if the Internet handoff to the U.N. comes with no issues, all the better. But what if it doesn’t and your subs realize that you could have helped out your local community?
WECAT is glad to help the WISP get the word out! Once the WISP has this in place, we will help you advertise your service by posting on our site with a free listing! What has the WISP got to lose, except for a few hours of programming, and a www server and bulletin board service and maybe some sort of caching device as well. While it is not a major effort on the WISP end, it would, certainly benefit their community!
There was a time, in my WISP career, that we considered the WISP to be an ‘American Hero‘ … let’s remember those days and live up to that claim!
Just think how many lives could have been saved during Katrina, had they had an Intranet!