Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-02 Thread Brian Rohrbacher


George Rogato wrote:
 If I was in the business of selling something frivilous, I would be 
 worried.

 This is internet access. People need Internet Access just like they need 
 electricity. You could live with out it but who would want to.
 Unless you have hit the top of your saturation, then it's doubtful 
 you'll be losing subscribers. 
I'm just glad I am 90% residential because I can see businesses going 
under all the time.
 And if you offer a competitively priced 
 product, you should, because of the recession, find a lot of new 
 customers looking to change to a lower priced service when their low 
 priced introductory deals run out.

 Especially if you have a Voip / Intenet Access bundle to offer.

 So borrow away, it's not going to hurt you.

 As for us, we don't really borrow, or want to carry much debt. We buy 
 our equipment out of cash flow and are happy to be clear by the third 
 month. Only downside is I don't get the qty discount that Travis pointed 
 out with his large purchases.








 
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Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-02 Thread Mike Hammett
My bank and others in my area have stated that business with them has only 
gotten better in the financial sector blowout.  They weren't affiliated with 
any mega organization.  Completely self contained.


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Subject: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

 As I mentioned in my last post, I am now not willing to finance anything
 substantial for any period of time beyond a few months.

 While I'm no economics professor, nor claim any great knowledge, it 
 appears
 that the people who do make those claims are as befuddled as things can 
 get.
 Each has scenarios and predictions that vary wildly...  But every one of
 them acknowledges we've got a problem... or two or three...

 All we have to go on, is the last great depression, and it's origins are 
 not
 the same as what happened now, but the effects are somewhat similar.

 In less than a year, the Treasury, Congress, and agencies have spent,
 assumed liability for, or gauranteed nearly 10 trillion dollars of
 additional liabilities.

 If this were your business, it would be the same as having spent, 
 borrowed,
 or assuemd liability for debts 3 times your annual revenues in just 90 
 days,
 while you were running in the red, and already owed 3 times your annual
 revenues.   The implications of this are obvious...  Math doesn't lie.
 This money has to come from somewhere to cover these liabilities.

 In under 90 days, the federal treasury has floated a trillion dollars in
 bonds.  One TRILLION dollars was taken out of circulation and turned into
 federal paper.   Pundits say that they expect the new administration to
 likewise use anywhere from 1 to 5 more TRILLION dollars of debt to fund 
 its
 spending and 'bailout' plans.   Every dollar now spent is a dollar removed
 from economic circulation or investment.

 Would this matter too much?   Maybe not if we had a sound financial 
 sector.
 But we do not.  I haunt a number of small business, business credit, and
 financial news forums around the country, and they all agree...
 Institutional credit is drying up faster than the remains of an August
 afternoon snowball fight in Yuma, AZ.People with excellent personal 
 and
 spotless business credit are seeing their credit cards, credit lines, etc,
 reduced, cancelled, even closed without warning.   If you have a flaw in
 anyhthing, it's just a matter of time before the reviewers get to you and
 cut you off completely.

 If your business relies on using short term credit in the form of a card 
 to
 provide cash flow between purchase and install / income, you could find
 yourself suddenly without it, without warning, as your credit provider 
 cuts
 you off... perhaps simply because they do not have any capital.  And this 
 is
 happening whether the institution is international or a local credit 
 union.
 Nobody is immune.

 Now, let's get into the possible futures...

 If the Obama economic policies continue the Clinton and Bush ones, of
 extended borrowing and spending to keep things moving, ie, no signficant
 change ( this has remained mostly unchanged since around 98), we'll
 eventually see the influx of cash to buy federal paper dry up, as people
 lose faith in the federal treasury like they did with Bear Stearns.
 Further, the continued consumption of all available investment cash by the
 federal government will deepen/worsen/prolong the business downturn, as
 financing anything becomes all but impossible.This scenario is likely 
 to
 see an extended period of deflation followed by...  unknown... Likely a
 massive deflation as the inevitable adjustments are allowed to arrive or
 inflation spike.

 A hugely unlikely possibility would be for Congress to decide to act as 
 any
 responsible party would... Balance its books, stop spending on anything 
 but
 the absolute necessities, and then to try to spur industrial growth with 
 tax
 holidays and total restructuring of the tax and regulatory system...
 Expect a huge flurry of business failures, followed by a lot of
 restructuring and the disapperance of most that do not produce things of
 value.Investors again will start investing in those things likely to
 succeed and we'll see a long period of rocky rebuilding and 
 success/failure
 cycles.   This is the shortest path, with the most up front pain, but the
 best outcome long term.

 Another unlikely scenario would be Printing money.   Giving up on the 
 idea
 of trying to prime the economy with debt, we print currency, hoping to 
 head
 off deflation, but not so bad we spark 'currency collapse inflation'. 
 The
 problem is, nobody has a clue where that point is.  Nobody.

 If the last scenario follows the first...   It's a nightmare nobody wants,
 but is the most likely.   It's the path of least 

Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-02 Thread Tom DeReggi
No... People think they need Internet access, as much as they need 
electricity.  I can tell you, in our county, the foreclosure rate is out the 
roof. When people are fighting to keep their homes, they learn that they can 
always check their Email at work, and they'd rather spend their money at 
home on Food, and keeping their house. Some people I know are choosing to go 
without electricity as well.  Customers that get the Verizon bundles 
(voice/data under one low catch price bill) are exploring their options. 
The calls I get are... What term commmitment do we have for our 
Broadband?. We like you and your service, and don't want to change, but we 
need to cut back, and our service will be almost free, if we take the 
Verizon Bundle..  Truth is I don't worry to much, because I know that all 
they received was a flyer, and they won't qualify for the DSL service. 95% 
of the people that gave 30 days notice came back crawling within a few 
weeks, to cancel their cancellation and reinstate their service.  (Which I 
make them re-sign a 1 yr agreement, to do so, without me raising their 
rate).

But my point is  I'm not loosing customer volume, we are growing. Every 
month, we have more than the month before. But its not guaranteed for that 
to occur. I want the mechanisms in place that will help guarantee that. 
That means owning infrastructure eventually without payments. It means 
building customer awareness that WISPs are here to stay, so Lending 
opportunities will continue to be available and rise for WISPs.

I'm 100% in agreeance with Travis's leasing model. But our industry is 
nowhere near where it needs to be, that Leasing approval is as easy as it 
needs to be, for us to count on it being there when we need it down the 
road, and now.

Everyday, I turn away low ARPU customers. I tell them, I have the abilty to 
serve them, but I can't, because I'm not a bank, and I need to reserve my 
cash for the High ARPU deployments.  I tell them, if they'd like to be the 
bank, this x is the upfront cost for isntallation..  If they got money 
they install, if they don't, they go without. This is NOT the way to expand 
broadband throughout America. It is the way for me to fund my company 
growth.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL  Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband


- Original Message - 
From: George Rogato wi...@oregonfast.net
To: WISPA General List wireless@wispa.org
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 12:05 AM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...




 If I was in the business of selling something frivilous, I would be
 worried.

 This is internet access. People need Internet Access just like they need
 electricity. You could live with out it but who would want to.
 Unless you have hit the top of your saturation, then it's doubtful
 you'll be losing subscribers. And if you offer a competitively priced
 product, you should, because of the recession, find a lot of new
 customers looking to change to a lower priced service when their low
 priced introductory deals run out.

 Especially if you have a Voip / Intenet Access bundle to offer.

 So borrow away, it's not going to hurt you.

 As for us, we don't really borrow, or want to carry much debt. We buy
 our equipment out of cash flow and are happy to be clear by the third
 month. Only downside is I don't get the qty discount that Travis pointed
 out with his large purchases.








 
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Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-02 Thread Randy Cosby
Just curious what financing vehicles besides leasing wisps are using?  
Interest rates on credit lines (if you can get them) are quite 
reasonable right now.  Any other options that are working for you?

Randy


Tom DeReggi wrote:
 No... People think they need Internet access, as much as they need 
 electricity.  I can tell you, in our county, the foreclosure rate is out the 
 roof. When people are fighting to keep their homes, they learn that they can 
 always check their Email at work, and they'd rather spend their money at 
 home on Food, and keeping their house. Some people I know are choosing to go 
 without electricity as well.  Customers that get the Verizon bundles 
 (voice/data under one low catch price bill) are exploring their options. 
 The calls I get are... What term commmitment do we have for our 
 Broadband?. We like you and your service, and don't want to change, but we 
 need to cut back, and our service will be almost free, if we take the 
 Verizon Bundle..  Truth is I don't worry to much, because I know that all 
 they received was a flyer, and they won't qualify for the DSL service. 95% 
 of the people that gave 30 days notice came back crawling within a few 
 weeks, to cancel their cancellation and reinstate their service.  (Which I 
 make them re-sign a 1 yr agreement, to do so, without me raising their 
 rate).

 But my point is  I'm not loosing customer volume, we are growing. Every 
 month, we have more than the month before. But its not guaranteed for that 
 to occur. I want the mechanisms in place that will help guarantee that. 
 That means owning infrastructure eventually without payments. It means 
 building customer awareness that WISPs are here to stay, so Lending 
 opportunities will continue to be available and rise for WISPs.

 I'm 100% in agreeance with Travis's leasing model. But our industry is 
 nowhere near where it needs to be, that Leasing approval is as easy as it 
 needs to be, for us to count on it being there when we need it down the 
 road, and now.

 Everyday, I turn away low ARPU customers. I tell them, I have the abilty to 
 serve them, but I can't, because I'm not a bank, and I need to reserve my 
 cash for the High ARPU deployments.  I tell them, if they'd like to be the 
 bank, this x is the upfront cost for isntallation..  If they got money 
 they install, if they don't, they go without. This is NOT the way to expand 
 broadband throughout America. It is the way for me to fund my company 
 growth.

 Tom DeReggi
 RapidDSL  Wireless, Inc
 IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband


 - Original Message - 
 From: George Rogato wi...@oregonfast.net
 To: WISPA General List wireless@wispa.org
 Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 12:05 AM
 Subject: Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...


   
 If I was in the business of selling something frivilous, I would be
 worried.

 This is internet access. People need Internet Access just like they need
 electricity. You could live with out it but who would want to.
 Unless you have hit the top of your saturation, then it's doubtful
 you'll be losing subscribers. And if you offer a competitively priced
 product, you should, because of the recession, find a lot of new
 customers looking to change to a lower priced service when their low
 priced introductory deals run out.

 Especially if you have a Voip / Intenet Access bundle to offer.

 So borrow away, it's not going to hurt you.

 As for us, we don't really borrow, or want to carry much debt. We buy
 our equipment out of cash flow and are happy to be clear by the third
 month. Only downside is I don't get the qty discount that Travis pointed
 out with his large purchases.








 
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Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-02 Thread Tom DeReggi
There is always the option for private lender.
One way to find one is to ask your accountant / financial advisor.  They 
likely will have a large number of wealthy clients, and advise on how they 
invest their money.  At minimum inside knowledge of the ROI they are 
getting. This information will of course be confidential, however, it does 
inable them to share your business opportunity with one of their clients, if 
they think they might know of a match, looking for a better ROI.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL  Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband


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From: Randy Cosby dco...@infowest.com
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Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 12:25 PM
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 Just curious what financing vehicles besides leasing wisps are using?
 Interest rates on credit lines (if you can get them) are quite
 reasonable right now.  Any other options that are working for you?

 Randy


 Tom DeReggi wrote:
 No... People think they need Internet access, as much as they need
 electricity.  I can tell you, in our county, the foreclosure rate is out 
 the
 roof. When people are fighting to keep their homes, they learn that they 
 can
 always check their Email at work, and they'd rather spend their money at
 home on Food, and keeping their house. Some people I know are choosing to 
 go
 without electricity as well.  Customers that get the Verizon bundles
 (voice/data under one low catch price bill) are exploring their options.
 The calls I get are... What term commmitment do we have for our
 Broadband?. We like you and your service, and don't want to change, but 
 we
 need to cut back, and our service will be almost free, if we take the
 Verizon Bundle..  Truth is I don't worry to much, because I know that 
 all
 they received was a flyer, and they won't qualify for the DSL service. 
 95%
 of the people that gave 30 days notice came back crawling within a few
 weeks, to cancel their cancellation and reinstate their service.  (Which 
 I
 make them re-sign a 1 yr agreement, to do so, without me raising their
 rate).

 But my point is  I'm not loosing customer volume, we are growing. 
 Every
 month, we have more than the month before. But its not guaranteed for 
 that
 to occur. I want the mechanisms in place that will help guarantee that.
 That means owning infrastructure eventually without payments. It means
 building customer awareness that WISPs are here to stay, so Lending
 opportunities will continue to be available and rise for WISPs.

 I'm 100% in agreeance with Travis's leasing model. But our industry is
 nowhere near where it needs to be, that Leasing approval is as easy as it
 needs to be, for us to count on it being there when we need it down the
 road, and now.

 Everyday, I turn away low ARPU customers. I tell them, I have the abilty 
 to
 serve them, but I can't, because I'm not a bank, and I need to reserve my
 cash for the High ARPU deployments.  I tell them, if they'd like to be 
 the
 bank, this x is the upfront cost for isntallation..  If they got money
 they install, if they don't, they go without. This is NOT the way to 
 expand
 broadband throughout America. It is the way for me to fund my company
 growth.

 Tom DeReggi
 RapidDSL  Wireless, Inc
 IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband


 - Original Message - 
 From: George Rogato wi...@oregonfast.net
 To: WISPA General List wireless@wispa.org
 Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 12:05 AM
 Subject: Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...



 If I was in the business of selling something frivilous, I would be
 worried.

 This is internet access. People need Internet Access just like they need
 electricity. You could live with out it but who would want to.
 Unless you have hit the top of your saturation, then it's doubtful
 you'll be losing subscribers. And if you offer a competitively priced
 product, you should, because of the recession, find a lot of new
 customers looking to change to a lower priced service when their low
 priced introductory deals run out.

 Especially if you have a Voip / Intenet Access bundle to offer.

 So borrow away, it's not going to hurt you.

 As for us, we don't really borrow, or want to carry much debt. We buy
 our equipment out of cash flow and are happy to be clear by the third
 month. Only downside is I don't get the qty discount that Travis pointed
 out with his large purchases.








 
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Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-02 Thread Kurt Fankhauser
There is a local auto parts store in town here that has a sign on the front
door that states We are NOT participating in this recession. I thought
about how it would apply to a WISP and it shows the customer that our
business is here for the long haul and not going anywhere which in turn is
going to draw more customers. For example our local telco here is changing
their name for the 3rd time in the past 3 years. Doesn't really make people
wanna go jump on their services...

I've noticed lately that people are more drawn by your level of customer
service on the phone and service calls that you make than they are about
your prices. Sometimes I'll go out on a service call that I know I could
walk them through over the phone but it really says something to them about
your service when you show up at the door in person.

Kurt Fankhauser
WAVELINC
P.O. Box 126
Bucyrus, OH 44820
419-562-6405
www.wavelinc.com
 
 
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If I was in the business of selling something frivilous, I would be 
worried.

This is internet access. People need Internet Access just like they need 
electricity. You could live with out it but who would want to.
Unless you have hit the top of your saturation, then it's doubtful 
you'll be losing subscribers. And if you offer a competitively priced 
product, you should, because of the recession, find a lot of new 
customers looking to change to a lower priced service when their low 
priced introductory deals run out.

Especially if you have a Voip / Intenet Access bundle to offer.

So borrow away, it's not going to hurt you.

As for us, we don't really borrow, or want to carry much debt. We buy 
our equipment out of cash flow and are happy to be clear by the third 
month. Only downside is I don't get the qty discount that Travis pointed 
out with his large purchases.










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Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-02 Thread George Rogato
Tom DeReggi wrote:
   Customers that get the Verizon bundles 
 (voice/data under one low catch price bill) are exploring their options. 
 The calls I get are... What term commmitment do we have for our 
 Broadband?. We like you and your service, and don't want to change, but we 
 need to cut back, and our service will be almost free, if we take the 
 Verizon Bundle..  
   

You may want to consider lowering a subs monthly who is considering 
leaving for a short period of time 6 months etc to retain the sub.
Seeing the equipment is being paid for or is paid for, why lose the 
customer over 10.00?

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Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-02 Thread Tom DeReggi
Well, I think the question is... how many subs will be successful in getting 
lower prices and actual delivery of the service? . If I gave in to every 
customer that blindly believed the random mailer they received in the mail, 
I'd discount prematurely. What I'm trying to do is when they call, to learn 
more about their situation.  I fully agree, it wouldn't be wise to lose or 
risk losing a customer over $10. But I'm finding customers aren't 
considering changing over $10 either. It will be more like a situation like, 
I'm charging $150, and Verizon is charging $19 with the bundle. I'd never go 
anywhere near $19, it would de-value our services and the market. I'm big on 
service, and I often remind them, bandwidth is cheap, but labor isn't.  I 
always give them my time when asked, so not interested in promising my time 
at a value of nothing. If some one comes to me, threatening to switch, 
saying so and so only charges then I refuse to lower price. Because its 
clear they don;t understand our value, and its more approriate to instead 
educate them about our value.  But if they come to me trying to find a way 
to keep my service, and communicate that economic times require cut backs, I 
can come up with all kinds of suggestions to make a deal that will work for 
us both.  But I refuse to be taken down to the level of a commodity 
provider.  At minimum they need to recognize our value. The reason I'm 
willing to negotiate, is I recognize their value as a loyal customer.

One of the best peices of advice that someone recently gave me was that I 
need to spend more of my time in areas where I'm valued most. Its absolutely 
amazing to realize that, its easier to earn a $1000/mon customer, than it is 
to earn a $30/mon customer.  If they want $19.95, I'd rather take the radio 
CPE back, and one less radio to finance to serve a $1000/mon sub.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL  Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband


- Original Message - 
From: George Rogato wi...@oregonfast.net
To: WISPA General List wireless@wispa.org
Sent: Friday, January 02, 2009 3:39 PM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...


 Tom DeReggi wrote:
   Customers that get the Verizon bundles
 (voice/data under one low catch price bill) are exploring their options.
 The calls I get are... What term commmitment do we have for our
 Broadband?. We like you and your service, and don't want to change, but 
 we
 need to cut back, and our service will be almost free, if we take the
 Verizon Bundle..


 You may want to consider lowering a subs monthly who is considering
 leaving for a short period of time 6 months etc to retain the sub.
 Seeing the equipment is being paid for or is paid for, why lose the
 customer over 10.00?

 Your milage may vary.




 
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Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-01 Thread George Rogato


If I was in the business of selling something frivilous, I would be 
worried.

This is internet access. People need Internet Access just like they need 
electricity. You could live with out it but who would want to.
Unless you have hit the top of your saturation, then it's doubtful 
you'll be losing subscribers. And if you offer a competitively priced 
product, you should, because of the recession, find a lot of new 
customers looking to change to a lower priced service when their low 
priced introductory deals run out.

Especially if you have a Voip / Intenet Access bundle to offer.

So borrow away, it's not going to hurt you.

As for us, we don't really borrow, or want to carry much debt. We buy 
our equipment out of cash flow and are happy to be clear by the third 
month. Only downside is I don't get the qty discount that Travis pointed 
out with his large purchases.









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Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-01 Thread reader
That's pretty much where I am too.

I'm working on making sure I can survive even if I have to cut my rates by 
up to 65%.

Part of that is now about changing providers, adding a 2nd, so if one goes 
away I'm not sunk, and a small price increase, and changing my billing and 
credit process.   I now bill in arrears for services.  I'm going to move 
that closer to bill in real time and going to automated payments.   And 
considerable penalty for not having automated payments.

I'm even thinking about adding a second line of unrelated services, so Im 
not entirely dependent on internet.



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To: WISPA General List wireless@wispa.org
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 If I was in the business of selling something frivilous, I would be
 worried.

 This is internet access. People need Internet Access just like they need
 electricity. You could live with out it but who would want to.
 Unless you have hit the top of your saturation, then it's doubtful
 you'll be losing subscribers. And if you offer a competitively priced
 product, you should, because of the recession, find a lot of new
 customers looking to change to a lower priced service when their low
 priced introductory deals run out.

 Especially if you have a Voip / Intenet Access bundle to offer.

 So borrow away, it's not going to hurt you.

 As for us, we don't really borrow, or want to carry much debt. We buy
 our equipment out of cash flow and are happy to be clear by the third
 month. Only downside is I don't get the qty discount that Travis pointed
 out with his large purchases.








 
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Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...

2009-01-01 Thread eje
Just think about it. What will people do that can not afford the movies, cool 
electronics and gadgets or go out eat nice dinners etc do at night or during 
the day (assuming unemployed). 
Sit home watch TV and surf internet. They COULD cancel their cabel/sat 
connection if they have a good high speed connection. So in most if not all 
household internet will probably be the last luxury to go. Most will probably 
cancel their home phone line before they cancel their internet connection. 

Remember the article I posted the link to a couple week ago? 46% of the 
surveyed women would rather go without sex for 2 weeks then be without internet 
(only 30% of the men would do the same. Damn perverts anyway don't they know 
they can get that online ;) )

So as a equipment provider of WISP equipment we feel fairly comfortable. As a 
small town ISP feel very comfortable. We had 0 customer loss in the last 4 
months yet unemployment jumped almost 4 points during the same town (one larger 
construction company closed their doors that provided auto parts to Detroit 
which was one of the biggest single employers in the area).  

Actually gain a few that I know for sure become unemployed some which started 
through layoff compensation money some online education so they had to get high 
speed where they before still only had dial up. 

Just be careful not to let people slide on their payments. Internet service is 
nothing you can take back so they should pay up front that way when they don't 
pay you can shut off service and not loose any service fees. Now if they 
supposed to do a contract over a period of time you might had to take them to 
court to get the remaining what they would owe you under their contract with 
you. 

/Eje
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-Original Message-
From: George Rogato wi...@oregonfast.net

Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2009 21:05:41 
To: WISPA General Listwireless@wispa.org
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Business strategy for an uncertain future...




If I was in the business of selling something frivilous, I would be 
worried.

This is internet access. People need Internet Access just like they need 
electricity. You could live with out it but who would want to.
Unless you have hit the top of your saturation, then it's doubtful 
you'll be losing subscribers. And if you offer a competitively priced 
product, you should, because of the recession, find a lot of new 
customers looking to change to a lower priced service when their low 
priced introductory deals run out.

Especially if you have a Voip / Intenet Access bundle to offer.

So borrow away, it's not going to hurt you.

As for us, we don't really borrow, or want to carry much debt. We buy 
our equipment out of cash flow and are happy to be clear by the third 
month. Only downside is I don't get the qty discount that Travis pointed 
out with his large purchases.









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