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Rainbow Broadband Leads Charge to Bring Fixed Wireless to Brooklyn

Microwaves belong in kitchens, right?

Not according to Russ Hamm, president and founder of New York-based Rainbow Broadband.

Since 2004, Hamm and his firm have been installing microwave antennas on rooftops across Manhattan capable of providing fixed wireless Internet service to hundreds of clients in a roughly two-mile radius. The devices are capable of wirelessly providing businesses with download and upload speeds of up to 10 gigabits of data per second by bouncing microwaves between a network of rooftop hubs and receivers.

And earlier this fall, Rainbow made its first jump across the river, installing a new system on Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

While his company has more than 300 clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and west Queens (some of the existing hubs are capable of providing a signal across the river from a tower in Manhattan), Hamm said the decision to move into Williamsburg was fueled by that area’s burgeoning tech community and a simultaneous dearth of high-speed options.

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