| ||Ask HN: ISPs with alternative business models|
2 points by nopal on Mar 20, 2014 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments |
|My city is currently soliciting ISPs to build a city-wide fiber network, and I'm wondering if there are any ISPs that have alternative business models.|
The only ISPs I can think of that have alternative business models are municipality-owned ISPs and Google Fiber.
It seems that everyone wants to measure potential ISPs against Google Fiber, but I don't foresee any traditional ISP, whose business is selling service, being able to match the price of Google Fiber, whose business is selling advertising. Both Google and municipalities have an incentive to keep prices as low as possible, but traditional providers do not.
If there are any other ISPs that have a business model that is not primarily built on selling service, I would love to know about them. Thanks.
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