Jared Mauch had been working from home for approximately 20 years before the epidemic forced many office workers to rely on their home internet.

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His work set him up with a fantastic home internet connection when he moved to Scio Township in 2002, a rural Michigan community close to Ann Arbor..

At the time, many of his neighbours were still using slow dial-up. But eventually, his bandwidth ran out trying to support his tech work.

AT&T's internet speeds were extremely slow. To extend service to his home, Comcast wanted to charge him a $50,000 up-front fee.

The 46-year-old made the decision to start his own fibre ISP rather than spend that much money and be at the mercy of an internet service provider. 

He founded the company in 2017, and in 2019 he obtained the necessary licences to begin to construction in 2020

He also connected his neighbours to his high-speed fibre cables along the way. His company has expanded to 71 customers.

He has already installed 14 miles of cable around the area with the aid of workers. Mauch is currently receiving $2.6 million in federal funding to carry out his work.

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