Weblog post: http://www.futuresalon.org/2004/05/disruptive_tech.html
Wireless ISP anyone? Robert X. Cringely writes in his latest column:
"WRT54G with Sveasoft firmware is all you need to become your cul de
sac's wireless ISP. Going further, if a bunch of your friends in town
had similarly configured WRT54Gs, they could seamlessly work together
and put out of business your local telephone company.
There is an obvious business opportunity here, especially for VoIP
providers like Vonage, Packet8 and their growing number of
competitors. If I was running a VoIP company ,I'd find a way to sell
my service through all these new Wireless ISPs. The typical
neighborhood WISP doesn't really want to DO anything beyond keeping
the router plugged-in and the bills paid, so I as a VoIP vendor would
offer a bundled phone-Internet service for, say, $30 per month. I
handle the phone part, do all the billing and split the gross sales
with the WISP based the traffic on his router or routers. If one of
my users walks around with a WiFi cordless phone, roaming from router
to router, it doesn't matter since my IP-based accounting system will
simply adjust the payments as needed."
Disruptive indeed. Crushing 3G business models too. [via Daypop]
All the best, Mark.