For community network operators or any technologist who lacks easily accessible, wholesale middle mile connectivity options,suborbital-systems.net provides a hardware/software package that provides low latency, wholesale, NCL licensed, high bandwidth connectivity anywhere in the CONUS. Unlike satellite internet, suborbital-systems.net is several orders of magnitude lower cost and latency.
Tagline: The sky is falling. Oh that’s just the internet. (working title)
- What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon. What is the problem? Why is it hard?
We are actively prototyping, iterating and field/flight testing a hardware/software platform to provide non incumbent network operators easily accessible, reliable, wholesale, network neutral, disruptively priced, high bandwidth, middle mile backhaul anywhere in the CONUS.
- How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
Wholesale bandwidth (outside of central business districts in a few large urban centers) is provided by incumbent carriers at extremely high prices and they enjoy a natural monopoly and employ extensive regulatory capture at municipal, state and federal levels to protect that natural monopoly. Often these same carriers are also the last mile solution. Due to low density of subscribers, the ARPU isn’t sufficient for them to provide anything better.
- What’s new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
We are using lighter than air balloonsats and terrestrial stations with tracking antennas to link low density regions with high density network access points (meet me rooms) in the coastal and central regions of the United States. We’ve had talks with individuals in the past in the Los Angeles One Wilshire and adjacent facilities , and Kansas City Missouri region who are eager to facilitate rooftop deployment of downlink antenna systems and attachment to fiber fabric.
- Who cares?
Millions of Americans who are significantly dissatisfied with their current internet service by the incumbent carriers. Hundreds of small internet service provider businesses and dozens of large IoT sensor fleet operators (like the USGS)
5)If you’re successful, what difference will it make? What impact will success have? How will it be measured?
What are the risks and the payoffs?
How much will it cost?
We are seeking an investment of 5 million USD for 20% of the company.
How long will it take?
90 days to complete prototyping to something we would consider flight ready (potentially with exemption wavers from FAA and possibly FCC experimental licensing, which could delay start of testing based on waver/license grant time)
6 months to complete internal testing/certification/flight testing etc.
3 months to complete first manufacturing run of 10k kits.
What are the midterm and final “exams” to check for success? How will progress be measured?