What is a Wireless Internet Service Provider?

A Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) is a special kind of broadband service provider that uses an antenna to transmit data through airwaves to a receiving antenna at a customer’s location. The data transmission works in a similar manner as a satellite dish. The main difference is that a wireless internet data antenna sends and receives information from a local tower verses a satellite in space.

WISP’s use designated channels to transmit large amounts of data over the airwaves. The service is transported over a wireless connection to customers who receive up to 10 Mbps of bandwidth. The best part about a wireless system is the fact that the signal travels through the air, which means you don’t have to worry about running a wire to every single customer.

Wireless systems have many advantages over wired systems such as Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or cable modems. A WISP is the quickest and most cost effective way to get high speed internet connections for schools, municipal offices, libraries, residents, and local businesses.

While wireless technology may be new to you and your area, there are more than 2,400 WISP’s operating successfully in the U.S. alone. This group of WISP’s are proving to the rest of the world that the “broadband wireless” model is an extremely effective way to connect to the internet through very fast broadband connections without investing millions of dollars usually associated with building DSL or cable modem broadband systems.