Matt Larsen is one of the innovators in the wireless broadband industry, a founding board
member and past President of WISPA, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association.
Matt has also been a speaker at WISPCON, ISPCON, EC-Expo, NARUC, FCC Wireless
Broadband Access Task Force, The Broadband Expo and Mountain Connect; received the 1999
Visionary Rising Star Award from the Scottsbluff/Gering Chamber of Commerce; received the
WISP Consultant of the Year Award at the Spring 2004 WISPCON, received the WISPA
Operator of the Year Award for 2010 and Vistabeam was named Provider of the Year at the
2018 Mountain Connect Conference.
Matt Larsen started deploying wireless broadband in 1999 and is experienced in the design of
data networks, NOC operations, wireless deployments, voice over IP implementation, business
development and overall management of ISP operations.
In 1995, Larsen was part of the volunteer group that launched FortNet, the first ISP in Fort
Collins, Colorado. After moving to Scottsbluff, Nebraska in 1997, he started Scottsbluff
Networx, an ISP that provided competitive dialup Internet access in Western Nebraska and was
the first non-ILEC to offer DSL service in Nebraska. Frustrated with the incumbent
bureaucracy, Matt turned to wireless as an alternate way to deliver broadband, bypassing the
phone companies completely.
In November 2000, Larsen sold Scottsbluff Networx to Airwave Wireless, a company that held
LMDS and cellular licenses for the Scottsbluff area. From November 2000 through October 2003, Larsen worked on ISP operations for Airwave, and concentrated on business development and the deployment of unlicensed wireless broadband systems.
In October 2003, Larsen left Airwave to pursue opportunities in wireless broadband access and
established Vistabeam. Vistabeam has deployed wireless broadband systems covering
approximately 40,000 square miles across Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska.
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