AFMUG – Originally Animal Farm Motorola Users Group, later changed to Advanced Fiber & Microwave Users Group, AFMUG consists of Canopy-based WISPs (And UBNT and all other platforms) from around the world who in large part provide high-grade, high-speed broadband service to areas underserved (or poorly served) by incumbent wireline service providers (i.e. cable & telco). The group’s activities are sponsored largely by third-party product vendors McCown Technology, & PacketFlux. Double Radius, WAV, CTI, Cambium, UBNT and many others have also been critical to the financial success of the show. Lately there has been much emphasis in fiber to the home and low cost methods of fiber construction.
The mailing list ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) has had a couple homes over the years, and has always generated a healthy amount of traffic with topics ranging from ISP business issues to project management to network troubleshooting and more.
Current list membership exceeds 450 members, with anywhere from 50 to over 300 posts in a given day.
To subscribe, unsubscribe, post or request help, simply send an email in the following format
- List-Post: mailto: email@example.com
- List-Help: mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
- List-Unsubscribe: mailto: email@example.com
- List-Subscribe: mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIR WARNING: SUBSCRIBING TO THIS LIST ALSO AUTOMATICALLY ADDS YOU TO THE MCCOWN TECHNOLOGY NEWSLETTER. If you get a newsletter and do not want to receive them, just hit the unsubscribe at the bottom of each news letter. MTC used to list blast every Friday, but this allows the commercial advertising to be separate from the list. So you can have just the list, just the newsletter or both.
Mailing list archives are hosted by PDM Net. In the past, the Animal Farm conferences have helped to match names with faces and encourage cooperation on all fronts between list members. It is impossible to measure the amount of assistance, business, and other offlist interaction that has undoubtedly resulted from person-to-person networking fostered by Animal Farm. As many attendees have put it, “This is the show to attend” for Canopy WISPs.
Much credit goes to Motorola’s WiBB team for 1) creating a solid, reliable family of products and 2) recognizing and supporting the grass roots movement that has become Animal Farm.
From the WISPTech Wiki:“Animal Farm is a Motorola Canopy users group. It is not affiliated with Motorola in any official manner. Animal Farm is for users of Motorola Canopy™ equipment to meet and discuss topics of common interest. This is a user driven event, not a vendor driven event. It is also a place for contributors of email@example.com to meet face to face. …”