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Heavy Networking 590: What It Takes To Build An ISP In 2021


Ever want to build your own ISP? If you’re a network engineer, I bet the thought has crossed your mind now and then, because how cool would that be? Connecting people to the greatest communications network in the world.
Our guest today has spent most of his career building ISPs, and in fact he’s working on one right now. I got a peek a few weeks ago, and seeing this work in progress in production serving previously underserved customers was inspiring.
Jim Troutman is Director of Technology, ISP at Tilson Technology Management.
We discuss:

* The business case for a local or regional ISP
* The competitive (or not-so-competitive) broadband environment
* The elements for a minimum viable ISP
* Challenges of pole access
* Cable plant maintenance
* Running afoul of squirrels and woodchucks
* Coping with single points of failure
* Services an ISP can layer on top of broadband
* Customer support and billing
* Getting to the last mile
* Running a Network Operations Center (NOC)
* More

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Show Links:
@troutman – Jim Troutman on Twitter
Jim Troutman on LinkedIn
Troutman’s Networking Manifesto – Twitter
Tilson Technology Management
Tilson Technology Management Career Opportunities
New England Peering Forum
Why Is The Internet Still Working? – Jim Troutman via the New England Peering Forum (PDF)
NYC Mesh Project
Starting a Telephone Company in 2019, or How I Built Fiber to my Neighbors – Jared Mauch, NANOG (YouTube)
ABCs of Starting A WISP – YouTube


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 2021-07-23  1h15m