Each fall the very rural county to the north of me holds a very very\npopular 10 day festival that is estimated to feature 3000 vendors and\ndraw 1.2 million visitors. Because of its rural location and low\npopulatin density one of the participating "towns" (pop: 80) which\nhosts a majority of these vendors has no high speed broadband service.\nWe think we could cover the entire area (2 square miles max) with\n802.11g WiFi by using several Firetide HotPoint 1000R Outdoor Wireless\nMesh Routers along with D-Link AirPremier DWL-2700AP Wireless Outdoor\nAccess Points. The only problem is I'm not quite sure where to find\nthe Internet backhaul we'll need to run the whole mesh network.\n\nWhere do I start? Are there utility maps that list underground fiber\nthat can be tapped? Is there an office or company that I call to see\nhow far the nearest T3 or T1 line is? How do I bring the signal from\nthe nearest T1 or T3 (which is certain to be miles away) to this tiny\ntown and into our mesh network? Am I thinking too small with just this\ntown or should we be thinking about setting the whole county up with\nWiMax? What about satellite broadband if no other source is\navailable? Will that be able to handle 2,000 + simultaneous users with\nspeeds at 700Kpbs+? I've looked and looked on many websites and there\njust seems to be so many ways of doing this I'd appreciate some input\nfrom you "real worlders" out there with the experience.\n\nAny suggestions on the best way to accomplish this task would be\ntremendously appreciated. Thank you all for any assistance you could\nprovide.