Our little town of Ripton, Vermont just took a big stride forward. Our community-based broadband co-op successfully fired up its network, with highspeed signals traveling up and down our side of the Green Mountains.
A fiber optic signal enters the Middlebury office of North Branch Networks (NBN). The wireless signal is broadcast from the roof of the Battell Building to the roof of McCardell Bicentennial Hall on the Middlebury College campus, and is then redirected to a 100-ft. wind tower in Cornwall. From there, it is redirected to a second wind tower in Ripton. RBC broadcasts directly to most of Ripton, though low-lying households will be reached by bouncing the signal off additional access points (AP). Using the latest radio technology, RBC and NBN are delivering downloads at speeds from 96 kbps to 1500 kbps, depending on the type of service the customer chooses.
It's been a long time, and a lot of work.