December 16, 2001

For wireless ISPs, small is beautiful

Author: JT Smith

From CNet: "Marlon Schafer beat Paul Allen at selling wireless Internet access.

Schafer had a $10,000 bank loan, a grain silo for an antenna tower and
10 neighbors in Odessa, Wash., willing to give wireless access a try.
Allen, the multibillionaire co-founder of Microsoft, plowed a fortune
into Metricom, a company that offered its $1 billion Ricochet network
in 14 major U.S. cities.

Schafer's business may have been far less ambitious than Allen's, but
as it turned out, he got the edge over Allen in one category: profits."

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