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GIVE ME A TOWER ALREADY

Greetings,

I’m writing this from the sports bar that I loathe, sure enough a few couples and some dude reading a book with his back to the sea; what’s up with that? Back to the topic, myself and a local friend received good news about getting a cell tower installed on my small property; they even offered to give it to us for free… Interesting, right? Next week my friend and I are flying to Managua for another face to face meeting, one where hopefully we sign a deal.

Thing is, some people get paid to have a tower on their property because really, who wants one? That said, the one I’ll receive won’t be as big as the other one on the island but still. I’m going to use that to leverage a better deal with hard hitting questions like – is this MY TOWER or are you going to use it to service other clients? If it’s the latter, I should be getting something for opening up this business avenue, right?

My friend is going in as the good cop and I’ll play the bad cop pushing for as much as we can. I’m not leaving with less than a 10MBPS connection which should be sufficient. Ironically the tower is a bit of an eye sore and it’s going to taint my view but whatever if I never have to enter this sports bar again that’s ok. I’m quite excited about this as it would let me go from surviving to thriving online again; I miss the online world and I think lots of other people will want to get hooked up.

I don’t really have to go but I totally have to go. I can’t sign anything but I want to be there to make sure the best deal gets cut. Should I get us a better deal, the ticket will quickly pay for itself, right? To say I’m not in the mood to go to Managua would be an understatement but what’s the alternative?! I would like to spend less than $1000 a month on internet. I know it sounds high but you’re talking to a guy who has no car, no mortgage or debt. Fast access to the internet is like buying good mining equipment when you’re sitting over a big gold stash; there are so many opportunities online it’s beyond comprehension.

The internet is the biggest game in the world; I need good season tickets.

Another option is having sole use of the tower and than selling bandwidth to people, not really in the mood to do business of that manner but my local friend might be keen on it and if we can make a few hundred on the side and get free fast as f$ck internet, why not? So that’s what is happening these days. Other than that the second storey of Alta Vista is being built and it’s looking better by the day.

Not feeling very verbose right now so I’ll go back to staring at the sea while I wait another 123 minutes or so until this 1.3gb upload is done. I realize I could shrink the size of my daily vlog but I’m in no mood to do that. In closing, a friend filmed some amazing drone footage of the island and I’m going to edit the video sooner or later, I’ll be sure to share it.

Oh, what are the health risks of such a tower? Thoughts?

Tips hat,

P.S: Thanks for all the suggestions of the cleaning lady variety.

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4 comments

  1. UncleBuccs

    Dubz – they do a decent job of making the cell towers appear like the local cacti around here. Maybe another negotiating point?

    http://craphound.com/images/vo7mG.jpg

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    • dubz

      Cool and waiting for the big house to be done, it’s tall and on very high ground… Might be able to get a direct line of sight for a dish and BOOM… Fast internet at a fraction of the cost.

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  2. mx2101

    That’s a big subject. Will you be a tower owner looking to lease to the local cell phone and Internet service provider? Or will you be the service provider? How does Internet reach the island now? Excluding satellite service, I’d guess it could be sent over from the mainland via microwave. I doubt there is a submarine fiber…
    What I’m saying is the main part is getting the Internet to the island.

    About the health risk part- a reasonably high tower with properly designed antenna arrays is not a health hazard. Actually your phone is more dangerous, because it is right next to you. Inverse square law at work. Do you know that cell phone radio power is adjusted automatically? The closer you are to a tower, the lower the power radiated by your phone. More cell towers mean safer conditions for users because their phones are radiating less power. The reality is exactly the opposite of what most people think.

    If there is a long-term health risk from a half watt transmitter inches from a human head, I expect it will be quite apparent once it starts playing out. This may be a way world population is lowered.

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    • dubz

      Thanks for this in-depth comment, learnt a lot. Ends up NOT getting the tower which I’ll discuss later and it’s for the best…

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