By: Marguerite Readon – CNET
(October 23, 2018) – When Galen Manners was offered a promotion at his job, he didn’t want to relocate to the big city from his family in rural Kansas, where he helped his two brothers run their 2,000-acre farm in his spare time.
His employer gave him the option to work from home. But there was one problem. There wasto remotely connect him to the company’s headquarters, more than 300 miles away in Little Rock, Arkansas. So Manners, who had worked for a small wireless provider, built his own broadband network.
“I networked cell towers for a living, so I figured I could do the same thing for myself,” he said.
Manners cobbled together his network using a dedicated connection from a phone company in the closest “city”: Parsons, Kansas, population 9,000. He rented rooftop space on an eight-story building, one of the tallest in town, and engineered a private wireless network using a cell tower he had erected on his family’s farm.
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