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JustinKubicek 06-09-2009 09:05 PM

Best Internet Provider for Public Access Computer
 
I'm looking into setting public access computers in my town. I need a provider that would allow me to resell their Internet access. Linux compatibility would be nice, but other suggestions are fine. I'm not planning on directly selling their access; instead I'm using it as a draw to advertising.

Thanks Everyone,
Justin Kubicek
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TB0ne 06-09-2009 10:29 PM

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Originally Posted by JustinKubicek (Post 3568590)
I'm looking into setting public access computers in my town. I need a provider that would allow me to resell their Internet access. Linux compatibility would be nice, but other suggestions are fine. I'm not planning on directly selling their access; instead I'm using it as a draw to advertising.

Ok...how about telling us WHICH town you're in? What providers cover that area? Some folks here may live around you, and be able to make a recommendation, but we've got to know where 'here' is first....

And I'm not sure what you mean by "Linux compatibility"...they provide a network connection only. What machines you put on it is up to you. But if I had to guess, I'd say that 99% of ISP's out there don't provide ANY Linux support. From an ISP standpoint, Speakeasy is awesome, and their tech support is (gasp!!) ACTUALLY KNOWLEDGEABLE! They support (to a degree, mind you), alot of SOHO networking equipment, along with iPhones, all of which definitely don't fall into the "ISP Supported" category.

Earthlink was pitiful when I had them, and even though they provided an "other" option on their support menu, along with Mac and Windows, unless you had Windows, you'd get nothing. Even then, you'd get some joker telling you to "Please to be reloading Windows, and to be calling us back", when they were having DNS or email issues.

JustinKubicek 06-10-2009 11:26 AM

I forgot to write mobile broadband. That's why I said I would like Linux support (for the broadband cards.) I'm in Owatonna, MN. The Linux support would be nice in case I wanted to have multiple monitor heads using the same machine, and for me that is easiest to do with Linux. I left out the city, because if this works the way I want it to, I'll likely be doing this in other cities.

TB0ne 06-10-2009 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by JustinKubicek (Post 3569292)
I forgot to write mobile broadband. That's why I said I would like Linux support (for the broadband cards.) I'm in Owatonna, MN. The Linux support would be nice in case I wanted to have multiple monitor heads using the same machine, and for me that is easiest to do with Linux. I left out the city, because if this works the way I want it to, I'll likely be doing this in other cities.

Well, mobile broadband has nothing to do with Linux support. What you're wanting is linux support of the broadband CARD, which is different from upstream Linux support from the ISP.

And if you're running multiple monitor heads, that'll probably be done through a desktop. And if you're 'anchored' to a building, why wouldn't you go for the MUCH higher speed (and lower cost), of a cable/T1 line???

JustinKubicek 06-11-2009 12:22 PM

The main idea is to be self contained, like the RedBox. Since I don't own the building I don't want to run a separate line in. I looked into the speeds in Owatonna, and we don't have 3G all we have is EDGE. In that case I don't think I need any more help, because it wont be fast enough for the average person.

Thanks anyway everyone!
Justin


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