An ISP of their own (was RE: [rescue] Being jobless)

Brian Dunbar Brian.Dunbar at
Mon Jul 28 11:27:52 CDT 2003

Rob Fielding [mailto:rob at] on  Monday, July 28, 2003 11:11 AM at 

> Why not start a little 1 machine ISP. Apart from creating the inital
> set, which YMMV the only other thing you'll need is a decent amount of 
> bandwidth and transit (and IP allocation). With good luck you might make 
> enough to pay for the electricity/bw and make a little on the side.

> Just my 2p.

Oddly enough it occured to me a few weeks ago that I've got most of the
equipment to run a small ISP (routers, CSU/DSU, switch, extra computing
hardware, even a VPN LanRover by gum), by next week we'll be in the new
house with a ton of extra room.

After looking through the literature, it's not as easy (hah) as setting up a
BBS used to be - in order to cover the bandwidth/headache costs I'd need
around $800 (WAG) a month.  Assuming I just do dial-up and don't provide
tech support.

Has anyone done this?


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