first thanks to the guys who answered my questions
In short it looks like UBNT sells the equipment a WISP needs to set up a base and sell internet
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What is a WISP?
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Are WISPS the customers for UBNT solely? I can understand some of what they sell–antennas, radios & routers. I went to Ubiquiti global and found two local businesses selling internet connections. It would appear that any of us could set up a receiver and get RF ourselves and be our own WISP. Cost is no doubt a limiting factor
Does anyone have any idea of the cost of setting up a WISP?
Is this what they like to call a last mile service? And if so, is the internet just floating around out there in RF-land free for the taking if you have the equipment to capture it?