Re: Shared community internet service
From: Diana Carroll (
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:43:12 -0700 (PDT)
That's awesome.

Does someone from your community manage the IT involved here -- programming
the routers and whatnot?

We have a pretty technologically sophisticated group, and we invest time
and money in community technology, but it is sometimes hard to get people
with the technical know-how to have the time and energy to keep things
running smoothly.  Sometimes we have frustrating situations where
non-techies want things to "just work!" and the techies aren't always on
the same page about how it ought to work.


On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM, R.P. Aditya <aditya [at]> wrote:

> Hi Alan,
> On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:07:29AM -0400, Alan Goldblatt wrote:
> > Unfortunately, they don't like our sharing scheme, and really want each
> > house to purchase its own service (of course).  I'm curious what others
> > have done about this.  Do you subscribe to a "business" plan that allows
> > shared usage?  Make everyone purchase their own service?  Other
> scenarios?
> We purchase a Comcast business service (50Mbps for our 37 units has
> worked well over the last 2 years, we had lower bandwidth before that
> for the previous 8 years) which allows use across a business, and since
> we're a Condo association, we can legally provide the service to all of
> our households (and also resell to any other tenants we might have). The
> $250/month charge is paid as part of our association dues.
> We have a ethernet network connecting all our buildings to our common
> house, and a shared, managed wifi network built on top of that:
> If we were to do it over, we would probably run optical fiber between
> buildings in grounded conduit rather than direct bury copper, as copper
> conducts lightning strikes and blows out ethernet ports (we have
> ethernet surge protectors which help, but don't entirely deal with the
> problem). Aside from that and the occasional garden digging accident,
> this setup has served us well.
> Hope that helps,
> --
> Adi
> Great Oak Cohousing
> Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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