I do not necessarilly think that the quality of WISPCON has degraded that much. Its more that the attendee WISP base has matured, and looking for new attractions, and new shows have popped up to attract them. Once a WISP has went to WISPCON 3-4 times in a row, they start trying shows that offer something different. WiNog offering, more techncial exchange discussion between experienced operators, which has shown to be extremely valueable to the WISPs that have been there done that. ISPCON, for WISPs looking for more than just wireless technology knowledge. As WISPs mature they start to learn that business strategy is more important, and all operations of the busines such as services, is as important as the wireless technolegy. This is one of the reasons I got involved with ISPCON, and think its the best overall show. Its one of the reasons the show is filled by executives as well as staff from the large ISPs. However, each show has its unique benefits. WISPCON has a tremendous amount to offer a newbie WISP, who has one primary goal, to learn what Wireless is about. I'd argue that WISPCON is probably the best show for a new technican to learn more about wireless. ISPCON has been fantastic for people deciding whether they should get into wireless. WiNog, for advanced WISPs. However, this is a very generalized summary. You can find a little bit about everything from all the shows.
My personal opinion is, that if someone had to chose just one show to attend, it would be ISPCON. Because it offers a little about everything, because it has the funding and experience management to be nothing but top professional. Its also has a VERY strong advisory board of experts that help direct its direction. However, that opinion is not meant to take anything away from the other shows. Look carefully at the show agendas, and then pick the one that caters best to the needs you are looking for. If you want an ALL wireless show, thats not whats ISPCON is all about. Wireless is just one tool in the shed.
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband
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