You are very correct it that it all comes down to service.  People want there
hand held through everything.  Im signing 10-20 customers a week at the moment
to our network because we have great customer service and go the extra mile and
are way competitive with DSL and Cable. And our uploads blow cable/DSL out the
water.  My only downfall is my stupidass website which i have being redone atm.
Its utmostly embrassing considering the size of our network now.  I made it and
i am prolly one of the worstr artist's etc in the world. However my network is
very solid. Anyways I got off the beat, If a WISP can get bandwidth at a
affordable price its really easy to blow cable and DSL speeds out the water. if
your using 5ghz btw try using a WRT54G with a 2.4 to 5.8 convertor from
hyperlink 149.00 will put you to plus 23db right before the antenna. great
thing is there solid as hell for radios and for 50 dollars plus 149.00 for the
convertor and a antenna your at 2.4 pricing and throughput way above 2.4.. Just
a suggestion..  Visit And despite what other vemndors say this
stuff does work i know i have some myself.  Also the flexibility using them is
so huge. If you want more info email me off list.. [EMAIL PROTECTED] Ill
help anyone i can.  After all we have to stick togather to stand a chance
against the big guns.

Todd Lancaster
Network Administrator
AlwaysOn-Line LLC.

Quoting Blair Davis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

> Well, our rates are quite a bit lower than that.
> Around here, we get $59.95 for a standard business connection, $39.95
> for a standard residential connection.  Special requirements can raise
> these prices.  I have one customer paying $200 month for 128k.  He was
> paying $400/month for ISDN.
> We advertise or speed as 8-12 x dial-up,  (around here, 26.4k is a fast
> dial-up), but we deliver 512k or more depending on system load.
> But, in competing with cable/dsl, we know can not match their pricing.
> ($14.95 for dsl?  Give me a break!)  And matching cables raw download
> speed doesn't happen either.
> We compete by not only being an WISP, but by offering local e-mail and
> web hosting, computer sales/service, network consulting/repair, remote
> control/monitoring services and wireless/wired web cameras.  We are not
> 'just' an ISP.
> Doing all the above allows us to be 'one point of contact' for ALL their
> IT needs.  About 30% of our business customers use us like this now.
> Oddly enough, we are starting to get the same thing with our residential
> customers.
> We have lost some to cable/dsl.  We have also gotten some back.  The
> first time Version/SBC blames the customer router when it is a bad modem
> and it takes 3 days to get back on-line....  In most cases, we get our
> customers back on-line the same day.
> It is all about service....
> Bob Moldashel wrote:
> > OK...You have a customer that is paying $159 month for 256K service.
> > No other service providers are available in the area except a full T1
> > for $599+ per month. 8 Months later cable modem shows up and offers
> > $79/month for the first year for new sign ups with 3-4 Mb downloads.
> > Your customer paying $159/month still has 10 months left on his
> > contract and is looking to cancel saying the service is slow.
> >
> > What do you do?
> >
> > Do you let the customer out of his contract??  Do you enforce the
> > contract and possibly loose the customer at the end of the contract?
> > Do you match cable's price and speed? Do you try to give him a better
> > package and risk him "jumping ship" anyways?
> >
> > I would love to hear everyone's ideas and input.
> >
> > -B-
> >
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