March 10, 2015
The All Points operations team is pleased to announce that we have completed a major upgrade of the transmission equipment serving several hundred customers in the area between Leesburg and Hamilton.
In order to enjoy the faster speeds our upgraded network provides, customers also need to have the equipment at their location upgraded. For a limited time, we are providing this equipment and installation at no charge to existing customers. Our support team is in the process of contacting customers who are eligible to receive upgraded service to schedule installations. Many customers have already been upgraded and are enjoying our fastest speeds. The positive response has been overwhelming and we thank our customers for their patience as we continue our network upgrades.
Customers whose equipment is ready for upgrade will receive an email letting them know that they can call All Points at 703-554-6600 to set up an appointment to receive their free equipment upgrade.
As the weather improves, the pace of our network upgrades will accelerate, and we look forward to providing you with state-of-the-art connectivity. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates!
December 31, 2014
All Points Broadband is very pleased to join VACo’s community of public servants and various service providers.
Broadband Internet is required for economic development and is now considered an essential residential utility. Community anchor institutions, business parks, government facilities and residential neighborhoods all require high quality broadband. Traditional Internet service providers have deployed fiber or cable in high-density regions but have forced customers onto expensive cellular services across much of Virginia. For most of underserved Virginia, a hybrid-fiber-wireless network is the best option for solving your broadband gap.
All Points Broadband is committed to delivering reliable broadband Internet to everyone, regardless of where they live. We build and operate hybrid-fiber-wireless broadband networks supported by quality customer service. Subscribers include everyone from rural homesteads to apartments to commercial buildings. Our service is ideal for community anchor institutions such as schools, libraries and numerous county administrative facilities.
All Points Broadband operates Virginia’s premier fixed wireless Internet service provider and is making substantial investments to upgrade and expand this network and expand into new regions. We are partnering with counties to design and build broadband networks in their jurisdictions.
Our hybrid-fiber-wireless network will be the optimal solution to provide content-neutral broadband to underserved regions without ongoing subsidies. Resource constrained local governments can reduce costs by consolidating their telecommunications budgets and leveraging their underused vertical assets.
We have the expertise and capital to partner with local government and close the ever-expanding digital divide. The successful process involves collaboration between the public and private partners. First, we work with you to determine your telecommunications needs at public facilities and what vertical assets (water towers, building rooftops, tower access rights, etc.) can be used to expand broadband. We use these inputs to design the core of a state-of-the-art hybrid-fiber-wireless network. Once this core is in place, your county can receive better service at reduced cost. We will then invest private capital to continue to expand the network to serve the underserved areas in your county.
Depending on resource availability, the time between network planning and providing high quality broadband can be as short as six months. All Points Broadband is available to meet with your county or region to discuss your broadband needs and options.
October 16, 2014
There is a section of Ashburn called Data Center Alley. Somewhere around 70 percent of the world’s Internet passes through this corridor. Yet 20 miles down the road large portions of the western part of Loudoun County don’t have Internet access. All Points Broadband, a wireless service provider which recently absorbed Road Star Internet, hopes to change that by primarily focusing on delivering Internet to unserved or underserved areas. Beginning Nov. 1 Road Star customers will become All Points Broadband customers. Over the next few months the company will be investing more than $2 million in state-of-the-art wireless equipment and the construction of fiber-optic cable.
“We know that the state-of-the- art fixed wireless equipment can deliver high-quality unlimited data to the western part of the county,” said Jimmy Carr, the president of All Points Broadband.
Carr said customers can expect to “see a five to 20 times increase in the speed over what we have now.”
A gap study was conducted by the county in April to determine where Loudoun could improve its Internet connectivity.
The study stated “there are significant deficiencies in the county’s wireless infrastructure, for both cellular and broadband.”
For decades disagreements over unsightly cell towers and indecision on the issue of connectivity have left western Loudoun behind in the race to arm all citizens with Internet.
Because of the lack of population density in western Loudoun and the higher levels of foliage, the infrastructure costs to connect citizens outweigh the money that most major fiber-optic cable and Internet companies can make.
Loudoun will have to ask residents to reconsider its past stance on cell towers and look at ways to make a business case for providing Internet to western Loudoun so students and businesses don’t fall behind in the race for connectivity.
One suggestion was to host the towers on public land. Another was to host a Broadband Summit annually to discuss roadblocks to service and a modification to planning and zoning ordinances regarding towers.
“There are all kinds of things that a local government can do,” said Carr. “Some of that is regulatory and permitting side.”
However Carr wanted to be clear that, “We are not just a wireless provider. We are purposely a hybrid wired/wireless provider. Seeing a large crop of commercial towers in western Loudoun is not that important for us.”
Carr said the technology to provide low-cost wired and wireless Internet is rapidly improving. He believes the wireless Internet his company can provide will be indistinguishable on most home networks from the wired Internet in the western portion of the county.
New residential plans will start at $79 a month for an unlimited connection.
Most other options in areas unserved by fiber-optic cable have limited data plans or are much more expensive.
“If your readers in western Loudoun think they don’t have an option for fast Internet, they now have an option,” said Carr.
– Ben Hancock, Loudoun Times