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07/30/2003 - Velocitus Wireless Beams Into Triangle

Standing on the roof of the Metropolitan Financial Center, the line of sight seems almost endless --- especially to the north and east. That's where Velocitus Broadband has its main Spokane point-of- presence, their antennae, and radio wave dishes. It all looks very simple --- devices that look like small metal plates, about the size of a laptop computer, pointing in all directions and two convex dishes. From here, Velocitus provides a number of services to Spokane businesses. There are also two similar facilities on the Lilac Plaza north of Francis Ave., and at the Valley Industrial Park.

Velocitus was born in the summer of 2000 when IDACOMM, a division of IDACORP, purchased Rocky Mountain Communications, Inc. Rocky Mountain was a large, successful ISP in Boise, and the new company added a business broadband focus to its dial up business. Velocitus' focus is fixed wireless. Among a laundry list of services, they are an Internet access provider.

Velocitus is a fixed wireless broadband provider. This means that the antennae are "fixed" in one place, like a television receiver dish, and not moving around like cell phones or WiFi. At both ends of the connection, Ethernet is used to close the gap between the fixed receiver and the workstation. Between their Internet intake and antenna, Velocitus has both a firewall and automatic data encryption. Dr. Shovic's EWU network security class will never find a Velocitus client on a war drive.

Velocitus claims fixed wireless speeds ranging from 384 k/sec to 20 megabits/sec and both 2.4 GHz and 5.8GHz UNII band for reliability. Fixed wireless is scalable in bandwidth and can be deployed quickly. The business does have to be within nine miles --- depending on frequency used --- of a wireless tower and within the line-of-sight. Wireless Internet can be up and running in three days.

Some Spokane businesses use Velocitus as their primary Internet Provider, some use it for back-up. One large company uses wireless as their primary provider and has a copper T-1 line for backup and redundancy.

Velocitus also provides wireless versions of T-1 lines, business DSL, fractional DS3, frame relay, and firewall service. Velocitus sells service, not hardware or software, so they will supply hardware and make any adjustments as upgrades occur. According to Jeff Valley, Regional Account Manager, "Velocitus guarantees their service to be 99.99% reliable and at a cost that 'beats the pants off the price of a T-1'." "However," he continues, "we're not about price ---we're about quality." "Not many can do wireless like we do."

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