Remember this post? Well things have changed since I've made that. Yes, I will still be making an ISP. And yes, it will be better.
After lot's of thinking, I've come to the conclusion that wireless internet won't work in my town. There are too many trees in eastern Pennsylvania, and antenna's need to be in line of sight of each, blah blah blah… there's too many factors that would affect the whole network. This is where fiber optic internet comes. Wow. Mind blown, I know right.
Anyway, turns out there is actually a lot of benefits using fiber over wireless (surprisingly).
To maintain a whole wireless network, it would've been too stressful. I would be like the only person who'd be maintaining the network. There's so many things that could go wrong and would go wrong.
Maintaining a fiber network seems to just be easier. Yes it will be a huge pain in the ass to setup, but once everything is setup, it should "just work". Another thing which I like: it's faster. Like a lot, lot, lot, lot, lot, lot, lot faster than wireless. Fiber optic cables use glass and light to transfer data. This means that data would literally be traveling at the speed of light. Whereas wireless would be needing to send data over radio waves. Now radio waves aren't bad, they're just not as reliable. Also with all data essentially going to one location, everything could (likely wouldn't though) get congested. Now yes, technically the fiber network will also be going to one location, however this is truly enterprise level equipment, where the wireless network wasn't as powerful (it was still excellent equipment, but wouldn't be able to handle as much traffic).
Running fiber has many other benefits. Oh yeah, the list isn't done.
A big benefit being that a regional ISP will be maintaining a good portion of the network. Yes, seriously! I sent a couple emails, and turns out that things are looking promising. The regional ISP has a pretty big network which I would be able to tap into, as well as probably being able to have them lay out the fiber cables. This is excellent since it would be saving me thousands of dollars, and lots of time.
All of that stuff will hopefully happen, right after I file for a business and get a tax number though.
Here's the full email:
Now it's time for the technical details!
Network equipment stuff:
- UFiber OLT Terminal
- UFiber WiFi6 GPON CPE
- Lot's of server stuff
- Probably Cisco switches
- Tubes of glass (fiber cable)
I'm trying to use Ubiquiti equipment as much as possible. This is just to keep things simple and easy. I've also had good experience using Ubiquiti equipment.
As for speeds, our backhaul connection will be at either 10G or 100G speeds to the datacenter. It all depends on how many connected clients their will be.
I plan to offer 3 different packages. They are as follows:
- Tier 1 - $100 / month - 100 Mbps download/upload
- Tier 2 - $150 / month - 500 Mbps download/upload
- Tier 3 - $200 / month - 1000 Mbps download/upload
I'm trying to keep pricing as simple as possible. There may (still haven't decided) also be a one-time setup fee of like $200-300. It really just depends on how much everything will cost to operate.
In conclusion, that is some more details on my fiber ISP. If you have questions, or any other things you would like to tell me, you can always shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be trying to keep updates about the fiber ISP here on my blog. As things start to actually happen, I'll probably be updating more frequently on Twitter, so be sure to follow me @andrewbanonis.
One last thing, if you are a network engineer, IT person, or contractor of some sort, please let me know! I will be needing lot's of hands for installing everything, so if you wanna help, let me know!