Internet Gateway: Finding Fiber
You’ve found your market, they want broadband, and you’ve identified some good tower locations to get service to their homes. Now you need to secure a high volume of quality broadband Internet to your towers – but how do you do that?
The first step is finding the closest fiber “point of presence” (POP). This is a location where you can “co-locate” (ie. place your equipment) that has access to a nationwide fiber backbone. One important caveat – you need real dedicated fiber here. Verizon FIOS or Comcast Xfinity are both delivered over a fiber optic cable, but they aren’t dedicated. They are built on a shared technology called GPON. For more on this, as well as an explanation of why cable modems, DSL, and “business Internet” won’t work for gateway – see our article on Non-Dedicated Gateway.
The best place to obtain fiber is a data center, as they will usually have several providers to choose from so you can get a great rate. However, if you’re in the middle of nowhere (the best place to be a WISP!), you probably don’t have access to one nearby. The next best place to check is large hotels (see if management can tell you where they get service), or large office towers. If you don’t have any of these options then you’ll have to build wireless “backhauls” to get it out to you.
Knowing the Lingo: What to ask for
When you’re shopping around for wholesale Internet, you have to be very specific that you need a dedicated connection. Other terms for this are “unmetered gateway with 95th percentile billing”, or “dedicated ethernet”. These connections will
Author: Matt Beaton