Broadband.com stock certificate specimen 1998 (aerial broadband)
Awesome piece with vignette of Rutan HALO aircraft intended to provide broadband service over the ground from the air. Specimen certificate circa 1998 from company records.
Angel Technologies Corporation (formerly Broadband.com) , with headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., was a privately-held wireless communications company using proprietary High Altitude Long Operation (HALO) aircraft to deliver broadband services worldwide. HALO Proteus aircraft would operate above 52,000 feet, high above commercial airline traffic and adverse weather. Viewed as a very tall tower or an "atmospheric satellite," the HALO aircraft with its large antenna array and network components would serve customers throughout an area of thousands of square miles.
The HALO-Proteus aircraft was the platform for Angel Technologies Corporation's HALO Network, a high-speed, high-capacity metropolitan-area broadband communications network. Augmenting terrestrial towers and orbiting satellites, Angel's HALO-Proteus aircraft will fly fixed patterns in the stratosphere over major cities to deliver metropolitan wireless broadband services, with increased flexibility and improved quality of service.
Burt Rutan, President, Scaled Composites, best known for his design of the historic round the world Voyager™ aircraft designed the HALO-Proteus. The craft will be manufactured by Scaled Technology Works. Angel’s strategic partner, Wyman-Gordon Company, is the parent company of Scaled Composites and Scaled Technology Works.