Tigris666 asks: "I would like some handy hints from all /.'ers on what is needed in order to start up an ISP. I'm asking you guys in hope that someone out there has started one before, and i think that's a fair assumption. There are obvious things like mail/web servers, dial-in modems/systems, tech-support employees. But what i'm looking for is an idea on costs (we're talking Australia here), hardware required, and basically an idea on how hard it might be? Things like setting up the internet link, organising the phone lines to be put in, how many servers are needed, and the big thing! Is it all worth it? Does it pay off in the long run?" With larger fish finally jumping into the waters of Internet connectivity, is there still room for smaller companies? I would think that any new ISP would not be able to survive by solely providing dial-up service, and would need to look into the possibility of providing DSL or cable connectivity. However, providing broadband connectivity is a significant and expensive venture, made even more difficult considering the current economic conditions. What suggestions do you have for anyone who thinks themselves up to it?
"Basically the idea came up because the area I am from is in the country. There is only 1 service provider out there, and they are really bad with disconenctions, among other things, and everyone i know absolutely hates them. I think starting an ISP would be a good oppurtunity. I have recently moved to the city to get a real job, however I much prefer living in the country, so this will certainly be a big step."