Legal issues await many ISP startups

04/9/2014 | Ars Technica

Fledgling Internet service providers often need to dedicate a sizable chunk of their budgets to legal costs involving government permits and potential lawsuits, according to people who have formed ISPs. The barriers to entering the market mean that most regions of the U.S. are dominated by one or two ISPs. "I have never seen an independent ... start up without having to fight the incumbent legally," said Don Patten of MINET Fiber.

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