[RndTbl] rural internet access

Colin Stanners colin at ninja.ca
Fri Nov 19 23:18:08 CST 2010

If it seems a 40/50ft'er is enough, I'll let you know next time I'm 
offered one.

A co-worker living near St. Jean-Baptiste has installed dozens
of those, he'd probably be willing to come out to your place and
offer advice for a reasonable price, heck maybe some beers.

On 11/19/2010 10:48 PM, Ian wrote:
> Wiband was making noises like they would like nothing better than to install
> on an existing tower, or at least the installation crew was all for it.
>   Finding a tower and install at a good rate is another matter all together.
>   Wiband is the best option if I can get line of sight.  A tower hunting I
> go.
> My email to the www.rrafn.com service bounced.  I have a hunch that my
> experience there could be somewhat informal.
> On 19 November 2010 17:29, Adam Thompson<athompso at athompso.net>  wrote:
>> I'm not sure if they go that far south, but Prairie Mobile Communications
>> has (or had) a fixed-wireless service through parts of southern Manitoba.
>> Working with a fixed-wireless provider in NW Ontario, I can also confirm
>> that "you get what you pay for".  A free-standing pole with guy wires
>> anchoring it is cheaper in equipment/capital cost but requires more (and
>> more skilled, and more expensive) labour to install.  Also not legal in some
>> places.
>> There are many people in southern MB who can erect towers&  poles (cheaper
>> than WiBand), the challenge is finding them... And then convincing WiBand to
>> just use the existing tower.
>> For halfway-decent or halfway-reliable service, expect to pay about $3k in
>> install costs w/o a contract.  On a contract, that often drops to $1k,
>> $100-$300 or even $0 depending on contract length and provider.
>> Barret's Xplorenet is a good option if a) no-one else can reach you, or b)
>> installation of a tower or mast is contra-indicated for some reason (land
>> unsuitable, prohibited by wife on aesthetic grounds, etc.).  Otherwise, NWO
>> has mostly the same experience with them - it's better than dial-up, but
>> worse than everything else.
>> -Adam
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