Posted by Chris_NJ on October 02, 2003 at 11:05:08:
Good point js.
Adding to that, I’d be very careful to comb through Comcast’s agreement for anything regarding reselling internet services purchased through them. Assuming that each of your tenants could potentially have their own cable TV service through Comcast, each could also sign-up for high-speed cable internet as well. Comcast is most likely aware of this, and would probably prefer to collect $58 from each tenant themselves. Their contract may have inclusions preventing business customers from acting as “Internet Service Providers” and reselling bandwidth to potential customers of theirs.
I’m not sure if this is the case, but if so my guess would be that Comcast is most likely monitoring for it. I’ve heard horror stories about capped bandwidth and suspended service for “infractions” as simple as running a file-sharing program from one’s home. (with various cable services, not just Comcast) Unfortunately this may be a stickier issue than it appears.
That said, your idea to offer high-speed internet already built-in to your units is very good. There are sellers of bandwidth out there who will allow you to buy and resell their service, with what is often called an “ISP” account. Not sure of the prices (may be prohibitive) but its worth a look if Comcast doesn’t allow reselling.
Hope this helps.