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Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISP) 
National Map Initiative

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The WISP industry has long suffered from a image and product awareness problem. Brian Webster Consulting and the WISP Directory, with support of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association and others, have embarked upon a project to show the combined national footprint for all operators.

To date there has been no effort to show how big the industry is or it's reach across the country. It is time to show that data and to establish a universal recognition of this method for broadband delivery. As a group it is imperative to create a universal awareness of the word "WISP" and to develop product recognition with the consumer.

This map was started with data listed in the WISP Directory. For every listed provider record we drew a 10 mile radius around the zip code on file. We then encouraged those network operators to add the zip codes they list on their FCC form 477 (zip codes serviced), which we also mapped with a 10 mile radius. As support for the project grew, many operators provided their network footprint data. We continue to compile information and refine the output.

So far the land area covered is over 837,000 square miles. We are working on demographic calculations to tabulate population and households passed. We encourage all WISP's to either update their listing in the directory or to send their network coverage information for inclusion on the map.

What information is needed for the map?

  • The best information is an RF propagation study in vector file format.

  • The next best method is for the operator to draw their coverage area using Google Earth and submitting that file.

  • If that is not available, a simple list of AP site coordinates is the next preferred. The coordinates need to be in degrees decimal and if you would like a specific radius for that site, add that as a third column. The default radius for AP's will be 6 miles.

  • If you would rather not provide an AP list, then a list of zip codes your network services will suffice. As with all the other zip code data, a 10 mile radius will be drawn around those points.

There will be no attempts to identify specific providers on this map. It's purpose is just to show the collective area served. It is understood that it's not a perfect system and will have errors in coverage. It is a starting point and with active participation the coverage areas will be refined. As the demographic data is compiled it will be posted.

To submit information please send your data to:

or log in to the WISP Directory and create a listing.





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