Originally Posted by vselvara
I like the miniature blimp idea but it would be expensive over time. Is this just for WIFI internet access? Maybe you could try 3G or EVDO based internet access.
You know it sounds silly to me at first, but I wonder if some sort of tethered blimp or balloon would actually be possible. (not sure yet how zoning would affect something like that.) I could see costs involved - e.g. total replacement due to (unforeseen) wind/storm damage would be a possibility. I suppose it'd have to be an omni antenna vs. directional on a tower - I'm not sure what the implications of that are (I only need to get the signal a mile or so.)
With a tower I have the zoning process with is lengthly - months. I believe if I purchase a $4,000 tower it comes with engineering drawings that would be sufficient - otherwise that could be more expensive than the tower. But I still have the costs of excavation, concrete, a grounding system, crane erection, climbing to aim the antenna.
3G or EVDO are not likely on the horizon -- we don't even have reliable voice coverage here yet (no voice cellphone coverage at all in my location just a couple miles from the small cell tower and rural so I don't think the customer base is sufficient to get any interest from large cell companies like sprint or verizon)