Multi-homing on a budget?

Lonnie Olson lists at
Mon Mar 25 13:52:06 MDT 2013

Is there any half-decent Wireless 3G or LTE coverage in the area.
They can work fine for failover purposes.

Choosing a second ISP on a different backbone provider is a good idea,
but can be very difficult in rural areas.
However, since most outages are either caused in the last-mile, or by
problems at the ISP, choosing two different ISPs, even on the same
backbone, is still a good idea.

On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM, S. Dale Morrey <sdalemorrey at> wrote:
> Hello Pluggers,
> Just wondering if any of you have worked with multi-homed setups before.
> At present we are looking to connect directly to the primary
> Ecuadorian backbone via CNT (the company that owns this stretch of
> fiber).
> I've been looking at options in case CNT suffers a failure and the
> only one I can think of is satellite, since all the other ISPs peer
> off this same backbone.
> The problem is that a dedicated business grade 1MB/s satellite
> connection starts at $1,000 per mo and goes up from there (we are
> trying to get better pricing on 10 & 100MBs but it looks like it
> scales linearly).
> Since this is only intended as a fallback, it seems like a bit of an
> extravagance for something that is likely to be used no more than 10
> or 12 days a year.
> It seems like there ought to be a provider somewhere that specializes
> in being the fallback option with a low monthly fee and then perhaps a
> high per diem or per MB fee when you actually need to use the service.
> Does anyone know of any companies that specialize in that sort of thing?
> Thanks!
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