Webster Broadband Co-Op was founded in 2016 by residents of Webster Township, to serve the underserved areas of Scully, Walsh, and Valentine Roads. Their neighborhood was deemed unprofitable by traditional carriers, so they decided to work together as a community to build their own high-speed network. It took over two years working with the local government to obtain a permit allowing them to build a 130-foot tower to service the neighborhood. They had to learn what kind of equipment to use, and how to program it. With loans from neighbors, they financed, designed and built their own wireless network to transmit high speed internet signals to homes in the area.
Why a Co-Op?
Webster Broadband is based on a member–owned cooperative model and is different from other businesses because it operates for the benefit of members, rather than earn profits for investors. To keep costs low, all work involved in designing, constructing, and maintaining the members’ access is performed by volunteers.
The Founding Members: Chris Leonello, Aaron Ridley, Stratos Kotzabassi, Josh Barclay, Clif Flynt, Jeff Dohner.
The fixed wireless network consists of a leased high-speed internet connection that is transmitted over radio waves from a fixed access point on the tower to a fixed antenna on the subscriber's home. The Backhaul, or the “uplink” to the internet, is provided through a dedicated, scalable, hi-speed wireless microwave link to the internet backbone.
The endpoint of the system is at the member’s residence, and consists of a small outdoor directional antenna mounted so that it faces the tower. Different types of equipment may be used at the subscriber’s home to provide service in difficult locations (trees, hills, etc.).
The Cooperative is using the same equipment and methods to deploy service that are widely used by other WISP’s (Wireless Internet Service Providers) throughout the country. The Cooperative has consulted extensively with other WISP’s, wireless industry veterans and wireless technology suppliers.
Click on the map for more detail. Areas on the map shaded in green and red show the approximate coverage for the network, and include parts of Scully, Walsh and Valentine Roads. The actual signal quality will depend on many factors such as distance from the tower and interference due to foliage or buildings. To confirm service is available at your address, please contact us to set up a time for a site visit.
In order for connectivity, fixed wireless internet works best with a direct line of site from the antenna at the subscriber location to the access point on the tower. To determine the amount of obstruction at each subscriber location, we use information from Google Earth to establish if there are trees or hills along the path. This is useful in knowing what kind of equipment is needed, and where to place it.