10g residential CPE

Mark Tinka mark.tinka at seacom.com
Mon Dec 28 19:31:57 UTC 2020

On 12/28/20 19:01, Aaron Wendel wrote:

> Darin,
> We charge a $300 one time install charge to cover our costs on the 1G 
> service (which can be paid out at $25/mo if you can't afford $300 all 
> at once).
> The area we serve is mainly lower and lower-middle-class income with 
> an 80% transient population.  Seven years ago, when "digital divide" 
> and "digital literacy" were the buzz words, we instituted our "free" 
> 1G service in an effort to level the playing field for the population 
> who, otherwise, can't afford internet at all, let alone at that 
> speed.  Until recently we didn't charge for residential service at any 
> tier.  Rather than putting in "income tiers", making people fill out 
> applications for assistance, etc. we just made it free for everyone.  
> We also provide free 100G service to the local school district as well 
> as free service to local government, police, fire stations (Firemen 
> (and women) had to pay for their own internet to use while they were 
> on duty before us), library, churches and other non-profits.
> That's the why.  The how is that we control a LOT of fiber in the 
> metro area that is in use by a lot of very large providers that 
> everyone's heard of.  We make enough money doing that so we don't feel 
> the need to charge the residences for a basic level of service.

I love it!

Well done, and really creative!


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