Sonic.net Inc. Internet Provider CEO: “I Hate Wireless.”

*Sonic.net Inc, CEO Dane Jasper writes, on his blog:

“Wireless is magic. You point two antennas at each other over a span of miles, and broadband comes out the other end. Most of the time.

I hate wireless.

Today, we sold our wireless network.”

Several years ago, Sonic had hoped to install a free public wi-fi network in Sebastopol.  But after months of campaigning against Sonic’s wi-fi, the Sebastopol city council decided to terminate their contract based on health and safety risks of wireless.  Sonic now states it is retiring all of their public wi-fi projects!

CEO Jasper contends the wireless is difficult and their focus is changing to wireline services, which include fiber optics!

*About Sonic.net Inc: Sonic.net, founded in 1994, provides broadband access to consumers and wholesale ISP partners in a thirteen state region. Sonic.net’s flagship product is “Fusion”, which combines unlimited broadband and local and long distance home telephone service. For $39.95, every Fusion customer gets the maximum Internet speed possible at their location — up to 20Mbps — plus a traditional phone line with U.S. and Canadian calling included. For more information, visit www.sonic.net.

10 thoughts on “Sonic.net Inc. Internet Provider CEO: “I Hate Wireless.””

  1. It figures.
    Little wireless devices and networks will never eliminate fiber optic and coax broadband services. In fact, every Wi-Fi transmitter that transmits the internet, is hooked up to a broadband cable.
    Every building that has a Wi-Fi internet system transmitting inside has a broadband cable wired to those buildings.
    And, Obama in 2009 gave the telecommunications corporations $19 billion of our tax dollars for his “wire up America project”, bringing wired broadband internet to all houses in urban and suburban areas, whether or not the people can afford the high monthly service fees or the computers hooked to them. So far, the project is 95 percent complete.
    Of course, there are many rural areas that won’t see any broadband cable for many years , if ever at all.
    America is wired, it is the way of the future, and KEEP COTATI WIRED (and Sebastapol too).

  2. Sorry,
    It was only $9 billion that Obama gave to the telecommunications corporations to “wire up America”, not $19 billion.
    But $9 billion of our tax money is still a good chunk of change.
    You can be sure that soon, Obama will benevolently create another taxpayer program to subsidize all the poor people to buy broadband cable service, computers and flat screen HD television sets.
    I saw an article on KTVU channel 2 news a few weeks back about it.
    They mentioned Contra Costa county, and said that even though CoCo county is 95 percent wired, only 60 percent of the residents can afford the cable and devices.
    So, for the program to work as dreamed, the other 40 percent need subsidy. I guess the program will be called ” the cable welfare program for the poor”, so that they can take advantage of this technology to “better themselves and find a job”.

  3. I have to laugh of that picture in this article. It is definitely not a Wi-Fi transmitter site.
    It is a snow covered remote repeater site that has multiple radio communications antennae, it looks like there is even a microwave link on it, which would make sense.
    The picture is not complete, there is more to it, like the top of the tower that probably has an big radio antenna on the top.
    I seriously doubt that there would be any low powered Wi-Fi transmitters at this remote site.

  4. admin,
    I didn’t mean to offend you at all, and I am not surprised that it was from Sonic.Net.
    I only pointed out that that the photo was not a Wi-Fi transmitter site, but a communications site in a remote location that handles multiple radio systems.
    It is probably a mobile phone, public safety and private communications tower, who knows, because it is covered in snow. There might even be an ARRL repeater up there for GMRS.

  5. For those who are interested, there are some articles in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat today (May 6) about sonic.net.
    Sonic.net is offering to string fiber optic cable to individual buildings, and that internet service can go up to 1 gigabyte per second. Much faster that copper broadband.
    There is no mention of Wi-Fi at all, but no doubt that many people will continue to use Wi-Fi routers in their homes and businesses. Like I said before, all Wi-Fi devices must be connected to a copper or fiber wired network, even the ones that are out on public property.
    Personally, I would never use Wi-Fi anywhere. I don’t lug around computers and work out in public places with them, I don’t see a need for that at all. I only use computers for personal and business, in my home office. But, I know many people that do use it.
    Viva la cable and wired routers.
    Buy the way, I recently upgraded my office, when I went to buy a wired router, and there were none. But I bought a wireless router and simply did not activate the transmitter, all routers still have at least 4 ethernet ports that are used for networking, they just don’t say it on the packaging that a wireless router can also be used as a wired router.

  6. do you have any information about fiberoptic hardwired smart meters in Idaho and Japan…jerry flynn lecture/ 2012…can’t find anything on it.

    gary duncan

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