He wanted faster internet, Comcast wanted $50,000, so he made his own ISP

Several years ago, senior network architect Jared Mauch had a problem: He wanted to upgrade his home internet service, but decent options weren’t available. Comcast actually told him it would cost $50,000 to extend its network to his house—far more than the $10,000 he was prepared to spend.

I live in a rural area myself, so I can relate. Internet service out in the sticks is expensive as hell, which doesn’t stop it from being generally crappy compared to all the gigabit options available to city folk. But whereas I just get mad and then pay the bill every month, consoling myself with the knowledge that at least I don’t have to put up with neighbors, Mauch had a different idea: He launched his own internet company, which according to Ars Technica (opens in new tab) has grown rapidly over the past couple of years and is looking to expand even further in the near future.

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