Let’s say you’re a New York City tech startup moving into a prewar commercial space. It’s totally trendy, you probably told yourself, until you realized that the Internet connection consisted of a bunch of old, dead wires—or nothing at all. What the heck will your small business do?
Fiber broadband might be your tech-savvy startup’s first choice, but if you’re not based in Kansas City, let’s face it: fiber’s not always feasible. The City of New York estimates that the average cost of a commercial fiber installation is $50,000 per business—a price your landlord might not be willing to shell out.