Around here most peoples option is DIAL-UP or me. I don't consider this area poor. A lot of farms. People living out in the rural area and drive to their factory jobs/whatever. I have a hard time getting them to pay $199 install and 34.95/month for 768k. I don't know how your gonna charge $50/month to people living in trailers.
-Kurt > There is a town (Yorktown, TX) with about 1200 people in it, about 15 > miles away from our main pop in our county. We have not pursued a > backhaul to there, or putting out a POP. We are very busy putting subs > on our existing POPs and maintaining them.We have been offered roof > rights in down town in trade for free internet. > The town is poorer than average (way more mobile homes than frame/brick > homes, more people than average on welfare, etc) > The town is smaller than average, and there aren't many businesses in > the town. > > Nonetheless, we do get at least a new call a week from the 20 or so > people in town interested in broadband. There is no competition, EXCEPT > dsl in the 2 mile circle right in the middle of downtown (not within > most of the population) > > What we were thinking is this: Let us create a wireless cooperative and > let the 20 potential subs buy shares for $500 each. The $10k will buy > them a wireless backhaul (to my main tower), an AP tower, and an AP, 20 > (coop owned) CPE, and enough manpower for us to deploy. The $40/mo (x1.5 > for business customers) that they each pay will go toward buy bandwidth > from us, pay for the manpower needed to deal with service calls, etc. > Any profits left at the end of the year (over a capital equipment fund) > get split with the coop members in the form of a dividend check, and > maybe a barbeque. Maybe the non-coop member subscriber rate could be > $49.00 (x1.5 for business) and they would still pay a $200 setup fee. > Coop members wouldn't need to be subscribers, and subscribers wouldn't > need to be coop members. A part time bookeeper would be needed to keep > everything straight, although we could just keep those records with our > books, but they should be audited anually. > > The Dewitt County Producers Coop is a feed store that sells feed, ranch > supplies, baby chicks, baby fish (for stock tanks), tractor tires and > parts, and other farm-ey stuff. Members and non-members can buy there, > though members get an annual dividend based on their purchases (2% or > something). Its a large operation, but DeWitt County is like the 4th > largest beef cattle producing county in Texas (the largest beef cattle > producing state). They have been very successful, in spite of having > competition, and I think a wireless internet deployment could be > financially modeled the same way. Its not that I don't want to get the > profits for myself, but the return on a $10k (or $20k) deployment could > be several years in a market that small. > > Anyone else doing anything like this? > > Pete Davis > NoDial.net > -- > WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org > > Subscribe/Unsubscribe: > http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless > > Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/ > > Kurt Fankhauser WaveLinc www.wavelinc.com 114 S. Walnut St. Bucyrus, OH 44820 419-562-6405 -- WISPA Wireless List: email@example.com Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://lists.wispa.org/mailman/listinfo/wireless Archives: http://lists.wispa.org/pipermail/wireless/