It is no coincidence that many talk about the “American Dream”. Nobody knows what it is for sure, but in fact the United States is a country where almost anything is possible. In this particular case, a citizen of Michigan, dissatisfied with the operator’s Internet service, decided to create his own Internet provisioning service. Today it competes with operators but … its success is beyond imagination.
Jared Mauch built fiber internet because he didn’t have good broadband from AT&T or Comcast. Now, instead of just having its neighbors as clients, it has a network of more than 70 homes and will soon reach 600.
Internet: in rural and inland areas, no one wants to invest
The pandemic has brought a new reality where work can be done from home without losing productivity. However, it was this metric that showed the many weaknesses of the internet that everyone at home as well as in businesses had. After the pandemic, many of these habits seem to have wrinkled and we will still need a fast computer and a good internet connection.
If this quality of services provided by the most diverse telecom operators in most urban areas today, the reality is quite different in the interior and rural areas.
According to him, Mauch, a network engineer at Akamai, is well aware of this situation Ars Technica. man lived in Scio . town, a small town in Michigan, USA. In 2002 I contracted a cable connection that was the fastest at the time (in the area), delivering 1.5 Mbps. However, over time, Jared needed something fast and chose to switch to a 50Mbps wireless provider, even though he would have preferred the physical connection.
If you don't like the telecom operator... compete against him
At the time, given the area in which he lived, the man did not have much choice. Then he tried to contact the American telecom giant, Comcast. Jared asked the company if there was a chance that his location (more specifically where he lives) would receive a fiber-optic network for express service, depending on his need. It was possible, Comcast said, but it came at a cost. He would have to pay a special one-time fee for this to happen, as the company had to build an infrastructure to bring the network to him.
When asked about the value, the answer was not very encouraging, the value was around $50,000. So, 6 years ago, that was the amount to be paid, but Jared Mauch thought it was overrated.
It has also switched to AT&T, another large operator in that country, but the connection speed shown was only 1.5 Mbps. Faced with this scenario, the man began to seriously consider buying a direct connection to a provider of this type of service, but more specifically for large companies in Michigan, Advanced Communications and Data (ACD).
Of course, the price was quite high, even more so because ACD did not have a fiber-optic network scattered in the countryside. However, what was a problem quickly turned into an opportunity.
It was then that Mauch had the idea to rent this resource and build his own network. Therefore, in addition to serving yourself, you can sell communications to your neighbors to recoup your investment and even make a profit. However, this simply means creating your own ISP (Internet Service Provider). As usual, this involved a lot of legal and administrative bureaucracy.
From dream to reality...and there will be fast internet for many people in rural areas
The idea went ahead, and AT&T (as well as other suppliers contacted as well), due to growing dissatisfaction with Comcast, decided to go into business. I basically put in place all the necessary and legal procedures, and after some time, I technically became a competitor to these companies in the region.
Jared Mauch founded Washtenaw Fiber Properties LLC to comply with local government legal requirements. She began to develop her own fiber-optic network across the entire length and breadth of the area in which, as mentioned above, she has lived for twenty years.
After investing $145,000, Mauch's ISP added 30 clients in 2021, and now has more than 70 clients. The service costs $65 per month for 50Mbps symmetric, $75 for 250Mbps and $99 for 500Mbps. In all cases, $599 is required to install, although the original install price was $199.
Currently, as we have seen, these people in remote areas have begun to rely on other technologies, such as starlink. Thus, residents of Scio Township can now make this choice, despite the fact that SpaceX is inferior in performance and more expensive.
As it is known, the Starlink network offers connections from all over 150Mbps for a monthly fee of $99 And the installation kit is $499.
American plans are now taking an unimaginable dimension. City Council, thanks to federal funds, Is financing part of the expansion From Washtenaw Fiber Properties LLC. In doing so, the company will expand its services to 417 locations, including adjacent rural areas, opening the door to potential new customers.
With this support, Mauch will be able (and must, as required by a contract you signed with the state) to offer a 100Mbps symmetric connection for $55 a month and 1Gbps for $79 a month. In addition, the installation price will return to its origins, that is, it will be $199.
The man says that despite the success of his project, he will not give up his other job and will remain an engineer for the Akamai Network, albeit now with a better internet connection.
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