Sick of your ISP? Wander is rolling out in LA with a $25-per-month, wireless high-speed service

Harnessing new networking technologies that can turn any real-estate developer into their own wireless internet service provider, Wander is launching a $25 per month high-speed networking service for the lucky citizens of Santa Monica, Calif.
The brainchild of a former Disney analyst, David Fields, and a former Intuit engineer, Dan Rahmel, Wander uses low-cost wireless hardware and proprietary software to bring last-mile wireless Internet to a customer’s home.
“The idea behind Wander was created around some deep frustration with the net neutrality repeal,” says Fields. “We could look at utilizing some of the  existing wireless infrastructure and cover that last mile at a fraction of the cost… we have a strong perspective on the data demands of consumers.”
Sick of your ISP? Wander is rolling out in LA with a $25-per-month, wireless high-speed service

The problem, as Fields sees it, is that internet service providers are over-billing for capacity that most consumers don’t even use. As an August report from the Wall Street Journal revealed, high speed internet just isn’t worth it.
Traditional internet service providers are marketing high speed internet at 200 to 1K megabits per second, while average homes use less than 5 megabits per second during peak usage times, according to a report from the networking infrastructure technology provider, Cisco.
Even with streaming services, the average customer is going to use less than 15 megabits per second by 2022, according to some projections. Wander’s existing service will provide 50 megabits per second
“We see an ability to come out in market and deliver to 99% of  consumers something that is a package that more than covers their streaming needs, their connected home needs,” says Fields. 
Using existing fiber infrastructure and low-cost wireless transmitters from companies like Ubiquiti, Wander is driving down costs and pitching real estate developers on a new way to make money.
The company already has signed deals with property managers and developers to gain access to 200 buildings across Santa Monica and Van Nuys, Calif. Those locations will be the first commercial testing grounds for Wander’s pitch.
Sick of your ISP? Wander is rolling out in LA with a $25-per-month, wireless high-speed service
Shutters and the Santa Monica Pier during 2006 TV Land Awards – Affiliate Dinner at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic for Nickelodeon Television)
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