At this time I would like to welcome all of you to WISPA's newest
Principle Member - Dave Brenton of Rural Tennessee Wireless Broadband.
Principle Membership in WISPA generally requires that a WISP already
have an operation running but from this guy's excitement I am sure he
will be running full steam ahead in a short time. Welcome to the group
Dave. I have included an introduction from Dave himself below:
Fellow WISPAs, (or should that be WISPers? <grin>)
My Name is Dave Brenton, and I'm General Manager
of Rural Tennessee Wireless Broadband, LLC.
I had the privilege of meeting some of you at Fall ISPCON
in Santa Clara CA a few months ago, and I must say
that I was *very* impressed. The depth of knowledge
of the Industry, and the warm welcome I was shown,
has made me more certain than ever we have
made the right decision to enter this business.
Our firm is a NEW startup ISP, with plans to go
operational on or about April 1, 2007.
We will be Wireless Only, with possible
dialup provisions as an emergency fall-back.
My life experience has revolved around electronics
and technology since I was a kid. I grew up around
2 way radio, and eventually became a proud
computer-head. My professional career spans
over 30 years around microprocessors and
Space Radios. I was doing signal processing
with 1 Mhz microcontrollers for the end users
like JPL and Goddard Space Flight Systems,
before DPS chips were even close to reality.
Since I have a good deal of Tech Savvy but NO
hands-on ISP experience, I am hoping for as
much help and guidance from the group as
you a willing to give.
Our plan is aggressive, shooting for more than 1000
connected users within our first 18 months of operation.
Our location in north-middle Tennessee is very rural and
poorly served by the ILECs and Cable Cos. Within this
county there are more than 3000 households whose only
option for internet is Dial-up, and.or VSAT.
Within a 25 mile radius there are on the order of another
10,000 underserved households.
Other than the staggering costs associated with the
build-out phase of operation, we believe that the
outlook for the project is very pleasing indeed.
I look forward to many conversations with WISPA
members, and hope to be able in time to share my
experience and knowledge back to the group.
Best Wishes to all of you!
Rural Tennessee Wireless Broadband
Bringing FAST Internet to the rest of us (sm)
(931) 232-0914 office
(931) 627-1142 cell
WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org