With the rise of work-from-home culture, homeschooling, and the great resignation, access to technology has never been more important. However, when one California man tried to set up telecommunication services for his newly purchased home, he was shocked at the fact that he'd have to pay the equivalent of a second mortgage just to get it.
The homeowner, Sasha Zbrozek, a resident just outside of Silicon Valley thought he'd gotten a great deal. But when he attempted to have new internet service installed as Comcast, the local ISP provider had promised, he discovered that the home had never been wired in the first place.
"The technician came out and left a note that service was not available"-Sasha Zbrozek
After initially being advised by a Comcast representative that a simple fix would allow him to have services, he was ultimately quoted an astounding $210,000 to have a cable installed across roughly 700 feet from his home to the nearest utility pole.
Instead of paying the exorbitant amount, the disgruntled resident decided to take matters into his own hands. He and his wife canvassed the neighbor to petition for the installation of their own internet network.
Eventually, he teamed up with a group of nearby homeowners and created an internet co-op of sorts to create a fully operational internet service. The network, which is called LAHCF, consists of a fiber optic network, and members are able to join for a fee of just $155 per month.
Currently, they have about 50 subscribers enjoying the benefits of the Los Altos Hills Community Fiber network. Looking forward to a successful expansion, the group hopes to have nearly 250 members by the end of the year.