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If you wanted to be able to collect say weather and location data from a roaming vehicle - what would be the the least costly wireless band and provider? It would need to have wide coverage in the US but the bandwidth requirement would be low - just kilobits per second.
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I would think that the least cost provider (free) would be APRS.  It communicates over amateur radio frequencies, but does need to be non-commercial for that reason.  Its primary purpose is position reporting, but there are weather reporting (WX) capabilities available as well.  

(Unfortunately I'm not an expert.  I just know that it's available, and I have it turned on, on the mobile station in my car.  I also know that APRS signals are normally picked up by folks with an Internet link.  You can pull tracking information from, I believe several, sites on the internet.)
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That's a great start. Thanks! I found some pre-built kits that do some of what I want to do over that band. Now I'll look into the specs to see what else might be possible.
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