[lug] OT: (I think) Starting an ISP...

Kirk A. Ellsworth kirk at solutionsconsultingits.com
Mon Mar 10 23:10:08 MST 2003

I had the same problem where I lived.  I had to pull in a full t1 and then I hard wired my neighbors and we all split the bill.  One is a software developer and the other likes to work from home so it was an easy sell.  I first wanted to use wireless and there are tons of options for not that much money.  

I was looking into:




email me offline and I can fill you in on my 2 months of research.

In the end, I decided to not due it and just split the cost w/ the 2 neighbors.  To much work and hassle.... but you could make a ton of money if you have the up front investment money (15kish) and a lot of time to mess with wireless.


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Jarrett [mailto:bjarrett at garcoschools.org]
Sent: Monday, March 03, 2003 3:49 PM
To: lug at lug.boulder.co.us
Subject: [lug] OT: (I think) Starting an ISP...

Hello all.

I've now moved to Parachute, which is on the western slope.  The only
ISP possibilities right now are dialup out of Rifle, broadband through
Earthlink (or similar) satellite service, or wireless broadband through
netbeam.  There is fiber running down the middle of the interstate, but
I'm doubting I could tap into it.

I've been brainstorming possibilities.  There is no good computer shop
around here, so I'm thinking of starting one, and I've also wondered
what it would take to start an ISP.  I know some have worked on co-op
networks and I'm wondering what it would take to start one, and what
other possibilities there might be.  I guess I'm just too cheap to pay
the high monthly fee and don't like the proprietary equipment that the
satellite and wireless services require you to buy.  I was thinking,
however, that maybe I could get one of these connections and allow
others to connect through it too so we could share the cost.

The other possibility would be to become a full-blown ISP, but that may
be more than I can handle right now.  I would prefer to offer others
high-speed access, but DSL and CableModems are out of the question, so
I'd have to set up wireless too.

Any ideas/comments would be most appreciated.

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