Lately, lots of people are having fears with new ISP data caps. If you were to start up an ISP, what kind of pricing would you charge the customers, and what policies would you have in place? Also, this question could include mobile data, so give your thoughts on that too!
Answer by dracofusco · Jul 20, 2011 at 01:06 PM
Look at the different services in your area for pricing, try to get a somewhat accurate estimate of what your overhead would be, and try to aim lower in price, that should draw customers in who are sick of overpriced internet. Plus, you better have a crapload of money to use, that's one expensive venture. Seems like it could be profitable though. Good luck!
Answer by KylePolansky · Jul 20, 2011 at 01:33 PM
If I were to make my own ISP, I would probably charge customers the most money for installing a cable into their house. They would then be able to choose if they wanted to purchase a router, or use their own. It might be helpful to also offer a service to help run ethernet cables throughout the house.
I would then charge a set amount of money each month in order to use the service. This price wouldn't change, even if you used TB's of bandwidth. This money would be used to make improvements to the main runs of cable, that don't go directly to a customer's house. I don't agree with set speeds, but if I were to limit download/upload speeds, they would both be the same, not a ton of download and only a little upload. Preferably, this would be 1 Gigabit in both directions.
The only other major problem is the debate of a static IP vs a dynamic IP. Static IP's are nice, because bans are harder to evade, and people can also host servers from their own house. This would almost eliminate the need of a business class internet connection. It would also make people a little more careful about being IP banned.
For mobile data, I would price the package similar to residential. You should be able to use the internet all you want, without having to pay extra. There wouldn't be any extra fees for tethering either, if you have unlimited data, it should be unlimited.
I'm very against data caps and paying for how much data you use. Even though data is fairly cheap, imagine what this could come down to. Would you really pay a few cents each time you download a new app? Is it worth playing another online round in that video game if you know your going to have to pay for the internet your using. Should you risk the chance of loosing your data because of online service costs and then the large amounts of data you use?
In my opinion, you should be free to use the internet as much as you want, and you shouldn't be restricted or charged extra because of how much you use it. Just think of a public park for example. Everyone pays taxes, that help keep the park clean and provide services like drinking water and restrooms. What if you enjoy going to the park every day, but the government decided to make you pay extra just because you want to go and use the park more than anyone else. That would be ridiculous. I'm glad that my ISP currently doesn't have any caps or limits, and I hope that more ISP's will choose to take this path rather than trying to cheat customers into paying more money.