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Old 03-26-2015, 06:57 PM
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Default Check for working internet before buying a home March2015

Long story short:
Person buys a home. Needs high speed internet for VPN to the office, among other internet things. Seems to have not checked to see what the now former owners used for Internet. Thought it would be simple to just call up the usual cable internet provider and get installed. The cable internet provider doesn't know its ass from a hole in the ground and scheduled for an install.

So Cable internet? 1/2 mile away.
DSL internet? Not a chance in hell.
Fiber? Incumbents(Cable/Phone) write the usual law thats says that only an ISP can connect into it.
Wireless? Cell tower style is too costly.
A wireless ISP? At one time, but now a building is in the way for that area.
Satellite? Too much latency for VPN.

So after two months, his home is now up for sale.

Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to sell his house. He didnít lose his job or discover that the property is haunted. No, Seth canít stay much longer because no one can provide broadband service to his address; even though Comcast and CenturyLink both misled him into thinking heíd be connected to their networks and in spite of the fact that his county runs a high-speed fiberoptic network that goes very near to his property.

Like an increasing number of Americans, Seth works from home, meaning that itís vital that he have a reliable high-speed Internet connection at all times. Thatís why before he even put an offer on the house in Kitsap County, WA, he contacted Comcast to confirm that he could get service to his potential new address.
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:59 PM
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Very cool followup.

Home owner kept his home and got his high speed internet. Many phone calls and connecting into fiber for his "business".

This is the shit people have to go through to get around the monopoly provider, who(along with a fully paid for politician) makes sure that no one can easily come in and disturb the profit pig trough.

While working on the original story about Seth’s predicament, we learned that officials at the county’s public utility district (KPUD) were sympathetic and wanted to help, but were also hamstrung by state rules forbidding them to sell directly to Seth or any consumer end-user.

Seth says that when he first discussed the possible work-arounds with KPUD, it was not promising. This was the first time the county had ever even considered doing some sort of residential connection, and the initial estimate was in the low six figures.

“That’s why we didn’t even think of them as a possible solution to our problem when we decided we had to sell the house,” Seth explains to Consumerist.

Seth also lucked out that he had thought to contact KPUD in the beginning. If he hadn’t reached out, he says the county would have been legally unable to make the first move.

“They can’t evangelize their own services, which is frankly absurd to me,” he writes. “But because I was in touch with them and asked about service first, they were able to work with me.”

And after his story ran in March, a KPUD official contacted Seth with an idea that would get the cost down significantly.

“He said they might be able to do something called a ‘Developer’s Extension,'” a process the county had undertaken for things like extending water service, but never for fiber.

Instead, the more likely solution for those in a similar predicament is to form what’s known as a Local Utility District [LUD]. That’s when a group of homeowners come together and petition to get service that would be paid for as a small additional property tax, amortized over a couple of decades.

“An LUD could be as few as two houses,” explains Seth, acknowledging that more is better.

Okay, so Seth now had a connection to KPUD fiber line, but the county still can’t sell him service directly. Without a third-party ISP to handle that part of the equation, Seth would have just wasted thousands of dollars.

He found a small, locally run ISP, DT Micro, that resells access to NoaNet, the backbone broadband carrier that provides bandwidth to each of the county PUDs in Washington.

DT Micro only sells commercial broadband service, which means Seth had to go and create an LLC to order it.

“So really the bandwidth is for my home business,” he tells Consumerist, “though I’ve made an agreement with myself to let me use it for non-commercial use.”

The pricing is competitive with what he would have paid for Comcast’s business-level service to his home and there’s no speed throttling or any nonsense one might expect from a typical cable company broadband line.
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