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savior or evil?



FYI they are not the Northpoint which has gone under.


I did not find anything on this during a search and I thought it was a interesting topic.

Seems like a great idea, as long as it does not mess up my DirecTV, or will I care if it works. Multiple digital subscription OTA channels broadcast locally in the DBS spectrum.



[This message has been edited by wezar (edited 04-10-2001).]

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I'm not positive, but I think this is the product that both Directv and Dish are trying to get the FCC to stop, claiming that it will interfere.

Here is one article from December, I think I've read more recent though.

Northpoint may not have received all that it wanted at the Federal Communications Commission, but the company is happy with the agency's decision to open up discussion on spectrum sharing between DBS offerings and wireless services, including its own.

"This is a significant victory for Northpoint," Northpoint President Sophia Collier said. "We have been diligently workin with the FCC for almost seven years in order to obtain approval for Northpoint technology. It is very gratifying to have this FCC order completed."

Northpoint had asked the FCC to grant its license once the agency found that terrestrial wireless services can share DBS spectrum. Northpoint didn't get a license, but the FCC opened up the spectrum-sharing idea to discussion, seeking comment on technical and service rules for licensing.

Included in the comment mix will be discussions on a possible spectrum auction.

Northpoint boasted about how its technology will help rural and unserved areas. "Our technology is beneficial because it creates substantial new spectrum capacity at a low cost. This will enable high quality competitive services to be provided to many consumers for whom current offerings are either too expensive or unavailable," Collier said.

Northpoint's technology will be deployed through a nationwide network of 69 affiliates branded with the trade name Broadwave. In a rather pointed move, Northpoint officials stated in a release that retail pricing for the Broadwave service "will be substantially below comparable cable rates due to the low cost of the system."

They also said Northpoint's system has operated "successfully" under three experimental licenses, including a two-month trial in Washington, D.C., with the help of Lucent Technologies. They also said Northpoint can have local Broadwave networks operational in six months, with nationwide coverage in two years.



[This message has been edited by Steve Richards (edited 04-10-2001).]
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