View Full Version : What are you looking for in an ISP?

12-23-10, 02:58 PM
As the title says, what do want in an Internet service provider?

Where I live, all ISPs have relatively slow Internet (about 2.6 Mb/s) so I was thinking about starting a co-op, offering 40 Mb/s and some other things that I would like you to think about.

A few more things, all connections will be wireless, I can get a fiberoptic cable to my house (thanks Supernet) and there will be little to no profit on our part (also no loss).

Thanks for your help.

12-23-10, 03:29 PM
From an ISP I expect:

Net neutrality
Zero or minimal downtime
guaranteed privacy
guarantee of minimum bandwidth, up and down
solid security on those pieces of the network that they control

I've thought about setting up a co-op before. My nightmare scenario there though is the member who is running a rack of servers from their place for file sharing. This could present a conflict with my first priority but still, I think along with net neutrality, there needs to be some understanding that 'all out hogging' of bandwidth would not be tolerated. Oh, and then there is the whole 'legal/illegal' question. I really would hate to get wrapped up in a porn scandal or some nasty Intellectual Property battle.

Just imagine if one of the members of the co-op was Julian Assange from WikiLeaks. Having the US Secret Service leaning on an operation can really be a downer. :( So, I never got the gumption to put a co-op together. I'll be interested to see how it goes for you if you decide to move forward.

12-23-10, 03:40 PM
Good point. I never thought of that.

Bandwidth shouldn't be a problem with a fiberoptic cable. Also that would be "up to" 40 Mb/s