How to begin making my own ISP?

Julien Gormotte julien at
Wed Sep 21 08:36:25 UTC 2011


If you are able to read french, there are useful informations :

the fai-locaux mailing list archives :

A series of posts on this blog :

Some informations are france-specific (in regards of law, etc...), but 
it can be useful.
A lot of informations about ISP creation has been discussed lately, 
because FDN, a french association that is the oldest ISP still active in 
france, decided to create (with other associations) a "federation" to 
help the creation of new associative isps. You can see the FDN website 

Le 21/09/2011 01:55, Don Gould a écrit :
> Hasserw,
> First I must apologise for not responding, I did see this message and 
> did mean to attempt to help you out as I am currently working though 
> this exact process in a very small proof of concept network with an 
> even smaller budget.
> To address our question, a good starting point is a Cisco CCNA.
> If you review the list archive for the past month you will find a very 
> interesting thread linking to guys who are running massive home 
> networks just for their learning, that in turn will link you to 
> detailed public CVs showing the sort of stuff that these guys are 
> trained and training in.
> You also need some business training to understand how to structure 
> the business aspects of your project.  An MBA is a good qualification 
> but there are many less high level courses you could look at as well.
> NA Nog is an operational list (with a lot of rant and fun stuff) and 
> not really a business focused or educational list, so your initial 
> query simply ran under the radar.
> D
> On 17/09/2011 6:10 a.m., hasserw at wrote:
>> No one replied with any useful information. I guess no one wants
>> competition on this list? Pretty poor tactic.
>> On Sat, 10 Sep 2011 21:55:01 -0400 hasserw at wrote:
>>> I want to begin making my own ISP, mainly for high speed servers
>>> and such, but also branching out to residential customers. I'm
>>> going to be in Germany for the next school year (probably either
>>> Frankfurt am Main or Berlin); any suggestions on what sort of
>>> classes I can take there that will be in English and will teach me
>>> all I need to know on how to build and manage my own ISP, AS, etc?
>>> Thanks.

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