Build Your Own Fiber ISP

Image: Arstechnica, Jared Mauch

Jared Mauch, a network architect at Akamai, couldn't get good broadband at his home in Scio Township in Michigan other than wireless internet . Comcast quoted him $50,000 to lay the cables to his house, so he decided to do it himself. In the process, he created his own telecom ISP, bought a direction drill machine, built a DIY fiber blower, signed up his neighbours to his new business, and now also provides upload bandwidth to the wireless internet provider in the area. He is also helping other towns and groups to roll out the same setup.

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