What Am I Getting Into??
As our desire for reliable and fast Internet grows, the infrastructure is not growing at the same rate. While some cities are getting fiber to the home (via Google, AT&T, Verizon), most cities and towns do not have this luxury, nor is it coming any time soon.
In addition, consumers are getting fed up with the offerings from cable and telephone companies. Fees are high and service is inconsistent. It slows down at night when you want to use it the most. And, recently, net neutrality rules are being challenged and eliminated by some of the larger players.
Golden is city with a rich community atmosphere and perfect for this type of co-op. AU Wireless was started by a couple Golden residents with history in the high-speed Internet business. They felt there was a better solution to essentially just Comcast for high-speed access. Technology has advanced in the wireless arena to the point where very fast speeds can be achieved.
Au Wireless is taking a community based approach. As a co-op member, you are taking part in the future of high-speed reliable Internet in this city we love. To participate, you will need to be in the coverage footprint (basically see one of our towers from your roof of home) and join the co-op. The one time membership fee covers the radio hardware we will provide for your house. We can help you install it or provide instructions for you to install it.
Revenue from the service will pay for bandwidth costs, tower rental and be put back into the network for hardware upgrades, etc. There is no "profit" for shareholders or CEOs.
Our signal comes into your house via a radio that can be mounted either on your roof or to the side of your house. There are two antenna options and the one you receive depends on the speeds you signup for and the distance you are from our tower. They can be mounted to a vent stack on your roof, the side of your house, an old satellite TV mount - there are lots of options. This has a single cable that will run inside to your router.
No contracts to sign, no data caps, no prying eyes and deep packet inspection, no hundreds of other users trying to use the same pipe.