xISP related Facebook groups for WISPs and other ISPs

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The following is a list of some of the more popular Facebook groups for Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs), Fiber Service Providers (FISPs), and other related groups. This list is not complete by any means. If you find this list helpful please consider donating a few dollars via Paypal or joining my Patreon. If you are not listed here please consider donating and I will get you added.
Last Updated: 13 May 2021

General Groups
WISP Talk
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wisptalk/

Everything WISP
https://www.facebook.com/groups/everythingwisp/

WISP Equipment
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wispequipment/

WISP Talk – Starlink & LEO
https://www.facebook.com/groups/392803248590263/

WISP Talk (Newbies and Startups)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2167897793237945

WISPs turned FISPs – FTTH, FTTP, just Fiber stuff
https://www.facebook.com/groups/fispstuff/

WISP Installers
https://www.facebook.com/groups/570927479951649/


Organizations
WISPA
https://www.facebook.com/WirelessISPAssociation/


Vendor User Groups
Cambium Users (English Only)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cambiumusers

Sonar Software User Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/921593151304842

Baicells Unofficial English Users Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Baicells

Mimosa by Airspan Users Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1550178418577187


Services
Atheral
https://www.facebook.com/atheralrocks

VISP
https://www.facebook.com/visp.noc

Distributors

Equipment Manufacturers

FBI to monitor and collect Social Media Data

I am sure this has been going on for awhile, but now it is being ramped up.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/fbi-seeks-to-monitor-facebook-oversee-mass-social-media-data-collection/

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to aggressively harvest information from Facebook and Twitter, a move which is likely to cause a clash between the agency and social media platforms.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the FBI has recently sought proposals from third-party vendors for technological solutions able to harvest publicly-available information in bulk from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets. The law enforcement agency says the data collected will be used “to proactively identify and reactively monitor threats to the United States and its interests.”

xISPs, especially WISPS, and their web-sites

I wanted to take a few moments and talk about the WISP web-site.  This is an often neglected area of your business. This really should not be the case.  With all the talk of the younger generations not using the web, e-mail, and other things we “old-timers” are used to, the web is still one of the top resources for information. I will go into some things every web-site should have.

1. Contact information including your state.  I see too many websites that mention things like counties and towns but don’t mention the state anywhere on their site.  It’s like you expect all customers to be familiar with who you are.  Remember, your website is also an introduction to potential customers, many of them are finding you through search engines.  These may be folks who have just moved to the area or are contemplating a move to your coverage area.

2. Coverage areas which are just images of circles drawn on a map. While these are helpful for folks who have found the site, search engines can’t pick these up. If you use things like the towercoverage.com integration it helps.  But having a page with city/town names will really help with search engines picking you up.  Things like zip codes and state will also help narrow down search results.

3. SSL.  Google sends websites with SSL/HTTPS to the top of the list. Make sure you have a valid SSL certificate for your domain and all subdomains. If you want to go the extra mile add them to the Google webmaster tools.  Bing has a similiar one.

4. Update your content.  A blog is the easiest way to update your content.  WordPress and others are easy to update and type in.  Company news, new service areas, and news can all go on the blog.  This helps increase search engine ratings.  The more specific your blog posts are the better.

5. Integrations. Integrate your blog with Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram.  If you use WordPress as your blog you can push out updates to all these platforms from a single place. This saves time and simplifies your communications.

There is so much more you can do, but these are some of the hot button items.