Since there are two threads....my other statement
I would be completely willing to start up a kickstarter type project for my area. I'm in the 10th largest city in the US and in most areas here, like mine, we have ONE ISP. Comcast. Know what comcast just did? Raised the bill by $3. Not much but, no reason to raise my bill. So I asked why...their answer? "Usage costs, there are a lot of people in your area" or as I heard it "because lol, watchu gonna do? Go get the DSL from ATT with a max speed of 6MPS?".
However, that said, I think I could easily raise the kind of funding here needed to try and get fiber speeds....however, I have NO idea how I would actually get the fiber to THAT MANY PEOPLE. Like I said, 10th largest city.
The costs that scare me are not the main infrastructure itself, but getting it to peoples homes, installing it, and providing proper support as would be needed. It seems like I would need to start a legitimate business, not simply a massively expensive one time community project.....
Although, if you geniuses here as TS would be willing to help figure out a plan, I'm young and willing to try to start a business, even though this seems like a huge undertaking. I know that certainly many people here are not happy with their speeds, and super pissed that we're so close to Google and yet their fiber is way elsewhere in the US.
We have almost a million people, so if half that many people paid a good $100 to help start the internet that would be FIFTY million dollars.
Clearly, we wouldn't get that many people, but if we're setting it up in advance for like a year of internet....hell I know people that pay 100/month for internet with crappy speeds.
TL;DR, I feel I could start a kickstart to generate plenty of money for this, but I'm just one young many in his early twenties, and I feel it would take godly help, support, and starting a company.
I would probably offer for Logan to be CEO :P"