Anvil is a pioneer in the application of Wireless Broadband Internet Technology, with its founders being the first anywhere to use wireless microwave technology for broadband Internet service. We continue to be on the forefront, using the most advanced technology available and constantly striving to improve the customer experience as new technologies become available.
From the inception of Anvil in 2001, wireless technology has advanced rapidly from WiFi radios operating in the 2.4 GHz band to a variety of proprietary protocols operating at 2.4 and 5 GHz. All of these radios operate in non-licensed (FCC) spectrum which has both advantages and disadvantages. The fact that FCC license fees are not required keeps consumer prices down, but the fact that the spectrum is "open" implies that anyone can use it - and the result is overcrowding and interference between users. In 2001, Anvil operated the only wireless broadband service in Hays County. Today there are several providers and all competing for the same unlicensed spectrum. In addition, a multitude of other devices like cordless telephones and personal wireless routers use open frequencies, further contributing to overcrowding.
The most significant forthcoming opportunity for technology advancement in wireless Internet is related to fact that TV has gone digital, freeing significant frequency spectrum previously allocated to UHF and VHF television. The FCC has decided to reallocate this spectrum for use in wireless applications including cellular phones and broadband wireless Internet. In fact these worlds are merging under names like 3G and 4G (3rd and 4th generation) networks. The major telecoms (e.g. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) are in fierce competition for customers through the implementation of WiMax and LTE (Long Term Evolution), both synonymous with the term 4G, operating largely in the vacated 700MHz and 3.6 GHz bands.
By necessity, and depending on when new Anvil customers come onboard, they are provided with the best technology solution available at that time. However, and especially as is the case with some of our older customers, newer technologies may be available now that were not available when your system was installed. Please feel free to inquire with our technical staff at
if you have questions. Anvil customers are upgrading service all the time, and the only cost involved is the cost of new equipment at your location. We provide that to you at our cost and it belongs to you. There is no related increase in monthly fees.