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High Speed For Me, But NOT For Thee

Palm Beach County partners with the School Board to provide low income students with low budget wi-fi. Let’s talk about Speed Checks.
You bet he has has Fiber To The Premises (FTTP) and at least 1,000 Mbps. Can the Student Wi-Fi even achieve 100 Mbps? Let’s talk about Speed Checks.

While the Town of Palm Beach enjoys their fast, safe Fiber To The Premises (FTTP) broadband under exception from the imposition of wireless broadcasts everywhere, our students will be given access through this wi-fi extender:

TP-Link RE450, the Latest Generation of Wi-Fi. Let’s talk about the speed check. Can the mesh network achieve upload and download speeds of 100 Mbps, or is it maybe more like 50 Mbps or maybe less?

Big Telecom made Big Promises of 5G speeds 25X 4G speeds, that would compete with FTTP speeds of 1,000 Mbps. Guess what happened for all those $ and radiofrequency/microwave (RF/MW) exposures orders of magnitude higher? A whopping 2.7 X for 50 Mbps. And THAT is what you get with wireless.

Read the letter to the FCC about what is being deployed on the people of Palm Beach County: FCC Letter

We think the good people of Palm Beach County should ask the following questions about this wi-fi deployment:

  • How many eligible students actually have no home access to the internet?
  • What are the average and minimum upload and download speeds delivered to the student’s laptop or tablet?
  • How many residences will have elevated radiofrequency/microwave radiation as a result of the deployment and what are the possible health effects?
  • What is the total property value of the residences where the poles will be installed in the right-of-ways and how much will of the tax base will be lost with a 20% drop in those values?
  • Has there been a hurricane wind-load analysis done of the pole and the attachments? Who owns the liability?
  • How much interference does this deployment cause with existing wi-fi and cellular systems?
  • How much high frequency noise do the root radios, repeaters and extenders cause on the electrical grid? 

Oh! But it is so much less expensive than FTTP? We do not think so. Utility Subsidies have been misappropriated from FTTP to wireless systems for decades. Wireless is actually more expensive and way less efficient than FTTP. You can find out more about crossed subsidies from the Irregulators at . Just do not let anyone tell you there is not enough money for fast, safe and secure connections.

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