Seattle Post-Intelligencer business reporter John Cook blogs about Vivato's demise with a Washington State focus: The city of Kent, a booming town near Seattle, just deployed a Vivato switch. Spokane, where Vivato had its engineering HQ, has been running a network downtown. Southeast Washington had a 1,500-square-mile network served by Vivato equipment. (Not mentioned: Portland, Oregon's VeriLAN, which launched with Vivato gear and still has a Vivato switch pictured on their home page.)
Of particular interest to existing deployments is what happens when equipment breaks, as Vivato has discontinued support. Interesting, the City of Spokane's large deployment--at one time dubbed the largest municipal wireless network in the US., Cook notes--has only 80 users per day.
The company received over $65 million in capital during its lifetime.
Update: John Cook filed a longer story with more details in Tuesday's Post-Intelligencer. He spoke to a range of Vivato users. The folks at Columbia Rural Electric, which cover 1,500 square miles with Vivato equipment, cleverly hired a Vivato engineer.