Wispapalooza, the largest annual broadband industry conference, was held in Las Vegas, NV this year from October 11th to the 17th. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai gave the keynote address, talking about WISPs and how their innovation does more than provide people with internet access, but also changes lives. In his address he mentioned netBlazr saying: "And these days, wireless Internet technology is bringing its promise to cities as well.  Take netBlazr, a WISP which operates under the tagline “Free your broadband.”  netBlazr offers a competitive alternative to traditional wireline service in cities like Boston, where many buildings have not yet been


Voice over IP or VoIP is a way to use your Internet service for making phone calls. Phone calls are converted into data and are sent through the Internet just like an e-mail would. It is perfect for people who want to cut the cable and stop being forced into getting bundles from the phone-internet-television monopolies. They almost all require a little box that connects to your home phone to be able to receive Internet but other than that there is no extra installation. We’ve highlighted a few of the higher rated residential services below, but there are a bunch


People are moving away from traditional television options and moving towards streaming services, but it can be hard to pick the right streaming device, there are over 70 different ones on the market! To make the transition a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the more popular ones and added our recommendations: Apple TV Price: $100 Resolution: 1080p Key apps: Hulu, YouTube, Netflix, HBO Go Storage: None on device Other: No Amazon app, but streams music and video from iTunes, as well as content from iPhones and iPads. Networking: Dual-band compatible Recommendation: Buy! Nexus Player Price: $99 Resolution: 1080p Key apps: YouTube, Google Play, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora Storage: 8


Can I mount an antenna on my roof?

“I really want to get netBlazr for my apartment, but my landlord said it’s illegal to mount an antenna and that I will be fined by the city for it, what are my options?” There are actually no laws prohibiting the placement of rooftop antennas in Boston, even in the historical districts of the city. Architectural guidelines (Back Bay, South End, and Beacon Hill)  state that the use of master antennas is encouraged, the antenna should be as close to the middle of the roof as possible,


Net Neutrality

Net neutrality has been in the news a lot the past few years and is an important and heated debate, but do you really know what it means? To start, the term came from a Columbia University professor named Tim Wu. The Federal Communications Commission is at the heart of the debate and I think they have one of the best explanations: “The ‘Open Internet’ is the Internet as we know it. It's open because it uses free, publicly available standards that anyone can access and build to, and it treats all traffic that flows across the network in


netBlazr Granted its First Patent

New delivery system has potential to revolutionize Internet delivery The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded netBlazr with its first patent, US #8,667,148, for a process that allows network nodes to auto-configure, allowing for a "one-click" sign-on process.  This patented process will be key in netBlazr’s efforts to develop several new products and service delivery concepts that we expect will revolutionize neighborhood networking and the delivery of Internet services in urban areas. The patent explains how to auto-configure a network node that a consumer would buy and hang in their window, a technology currently in development.  The network node


“Stop the bulk collection of not just phone data but internet data.” That’s the advice our CTO, Brough Turner, had for President Obama as he prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union Address. Speaking on NPR’s “Marketplace Today,” Brough raised concerns about NSA surveillance program and the chilling effect it is having on US economic competitiveness; especially for US tech companies overseas.  “I was in Germany in October, and it was pretty clear that American services are completely suspicious and American products are somewhat suspicious. That was three months ago. At this point, the situation is


Streaming the 2014 NFL Playoffs

It’s playoff season in the NFL and for Bostonians like ourselves, one question is at the forefront of our minds: where can we watch the Patriots? See, for most people, this isn’t a problem; they are overpaying for a Verizon or Comcast bundle that includes cable; but for those of you who have cut the cord (i.e. many of our customers), this can be a difficult time of the year. Yes, you can watch your team at your local bar or at a friend’s, but there aren’t many options if you want to watch the game from the comfort