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    running your own isp

    how would you do this.. i am thinking about buying a house north if me and thought about offering internet service to the area..(its small) so .. folks what would i do .. got a link etc etc

    mucho thanks

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    There are many co-branding ISPs that could help. This way, you are a full-fledged ISP, but only have to do the work of marketing. It's a nice route to take. Instead of an ISP, you will be a VISP (virtual internet service provider) but no one else has to know that. Since your contract term effectually makes you a "leasor" of their products and services, you can legitimately speak in terms of "our network" and "our support" etc.

    Here's one company... http://www.ikano.com/branded-internet.asp
    and here's another... http://www.cisp.cc/products.asp

    I have used CISP in the past for a while back when I was part-owner in a nationwide ISP service.

    I'm not sure where you're located, though... if in the US, there are MANY other companies that provide this service.

    Let me know if you have any other questions... been there and done that.

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    Jabez, when you say "been there, done that" I get the feeling that there was some negative experience associated. Care to elaborate, or am I just assuming to much?

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    Negative?
    Not with the company I worked with. The problem I had was with the market share I was targeting.
    I was running a "Filtered ISP" which blocks unwanted content such as porn, illegal, etc. Great product for people with kids, religious, moral, etc. but only one problem...
    Not enough people wanted filtered Internet to make it worth the time. Go figure! Apparently, more people want the freedom to surf untethered... understandable, but discouraging.
    I still think it's a fantastic opportunity. Only one thing to be sure of... have plenty (and I mean PLENTY) of marketing dollar$ set aside.
    AOL will beat the pants off of you in marketing, so you have to fight tooth and nail for every subscriber.
    Oh, and one thing about subscriber loyalty... it doesn't exist... really. You cannot offer anything that someone can't find elsewhere cheaper. This means you must have a constant, military-like approach to advertising... must be able to remain consistent and heavy.

    Any way... just a few notes

    J

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    Thanks Jabez.

    Vamps, put your marketing muscle behind the venture and I bet you'll have yourself I nice fit. Interesting idea. Good luck with it Charlie.

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    thanks alot for the info...i'll keep ya posted

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    This might sound like a bit of cheeck but if you don't know, there's not much we can tell you that will help. I can give you some info though.

    First you need to figure out your transmision media and what topology you're going to use, for both your server and access media.

    What i mean by that is what is your bandwidth going to be and how will people obtain that.

    Is your service going to be dial up, dsl, adsl. What protocols are you going to use for access.

    You aslo have to know if you are going to run a static or dynamic ip service and you have to get into dhcp.

    My personal opinion is by a really fast computer.. i mean super fast.. i mean blow you bloody socks off fast and then get UNIX.. no matter what you do you will need to know UNIX anyone who tells you otherwise doesn't know UNIX. The you need to get access from a provider that will allow you to not only run servers but will also assign you an ip that other people can use. So that will cost a lot, because if you are moving into an area that doesn't have internet running lines out there will cost you a pretty penny. And ISP's will gouge you cause you are doing what they do.

    I know for canada UUNET is a commercial provider of minimum T3 connections to large ISP providers to then resell.

    So you're gonna computers, routers, subnetting, routing comprehension and a hell of a lot of knowledge in administration, data communications and client + server communications and then server + server communications.

    If i was you i would broker a deal with an existing isp to allow you to be a reseller and pioneer internet into that community rather then do it yourself.

    But good luck to you all the same.

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    that was great reading thanks.. i also decided and hacve started contacting some of the larger providers in the area and am getting info on reselling ..

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