We're going thru an interesting business case in our local area
as a high tech suburb just west of Chicago - Lisle, Illinois -
We don't have our own CO, but draw dialtone from a neighboring CO.
As it turns out - the CO is too far for most to install xDSL service -
Therefore - no DSL service -
Next, the AT&T cable franchise never upgraded their equipment
to support Internet service.
Therefore - no cable modem service -
A couple of guys last fall started the ball rolling on putting up a
wireless ISP - WISP - using Motorola Canopy equipment.
They finally got it up on the local water towers,
and started accepting customers in the spring.....
Now comes the interesting part -
They were up and running at the same time as AT&T
sold their cable franchise to Comcast.
Now Comcast has gone thru the area
and upgraded their cable infrastructure to support internet service.
They now can offer customers cable modems...
Also - it appears that Ameritech/SBC
has started using their remote terminal cabinets
to install chassis and cards to support DSL in our area -
maybe as a final result of SBC being granted Long Distance permission.
no confirmed DSL users as yet -
So - a couple of interesting business case questions come to mind -
1) Did the cable and telco companies respond to the wireless competitor
or was it just really bad luck to have BOTH coming online
just as the WISP was getting up and running ?
2) The startup cost for the WISP customer is about $500 for the wireless
The WISP can't absorb this cost, else they will go out of
How can they compete with the telco & cable offerings - with no such
3) How do you think this will play out ?