[RndTbl] rural internet access

Ian itschaotic at gmail.com
Sat Nov 20 07:24:29 CST 2010

Outstanding.  Thanks.

On 19 November 2010 23:18, Colin Stanners <colin at ninja.ca> wrote:

> 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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