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Marlon K. Schafer ooe at odessaoffice.com
Mon Nov 8 17:16:51 UTC 2004

That totally depends on the specifics of the market Eric.

We have about 20% of the market and every tower is profitable.  All 16 or so
of them.

Sure it would be nice to be in a market where I could  be the only one
servicing these people and/or get $200 per month.

But the AVERAGE wisp can make money on 50 subs.  Get lucky and have cheap
backhaul and towers and 25 will do the trick.  At 100 subs the average wisp
should be putting $2,000 to $4,000 in the bank every month.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric S. Johansson" <esj at harvee.org>
To: "TAPR Mailing List for Ham Radio Use of 802.11"
<ham-80211 at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Friday, November 05, 2004 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: [WISPA] Fw: [Ham-80211] Access control suggestions

> jeff at aerodata.net wrote:
> >
> > BTW, I meet with our local power company on the BPL issue. They said it
> > wouldn't scale in our rural area. BPL mostly intended for dense urban
> > areas, at least that was their thought
> Jeff, thanks for this wonderful insight.  It actually fits in with some
> of the modeling I've done with last mile infrastructure.  As any
> rational economist recognizes, last mile infrastructure is one of the
> classic definitions of the natural monopoly, an infrastructure in which
> increasing competition creates increasing subscriber cost.  When you
> combine that with the marketplace which has a fundamental cap on revenue
> because of pricing expectations of consumers, there is a minimum market
> penetration needed in order to make money.
> In urban spaces, you will have high enough population density and churn
> in order to make it look like you are making money.  In rural or
> suburban spaces, you'll need probably a greater than 50 percent market
> share in order to make money.
> ---eric
> -- 
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