I wrote this in another thread. I feel it needs a thread of it's own.
Fact: Many new cables are coming in the next few years.
Fact: Competition drives down prices.
Fact: The prices will drop, as each new cable is launched, through to 2014.
Nothing has yet come, from all the conversation on the MyBB forum, about getting together, to start an ISP for all, to purchase bulk bandwidth from an outside provider, like the new cable company's, in order to sell at almost cost price.
It can be done...
1) We start a Section 21, Non Profit Company. At least 20 founder members, meeting weekly, bi-monthly or at a minimum, monthly. Nationally renowned attorneys and auditors will be used to oversee the NPO.
2) Staff is drawn from the founder members first. Only the small number of staff salaries, medical aid and pension, will need to be covered by the small markup on bulk bandwidth, purchased for resale.
3) Office rental is not required if staff are on laptops, with VOIP or Video conferencing, "working from home". After all, Bandwidth won't be a problem anymore...
Our mission statement: True, Non Profit, Lowest Cost Bandwidth for all.
IM me and let's pool our knowledge to get a proper business plan, founder member list and company name started.