Why do we have to pay for equipment not being used for seven months of the year?
Recently, a customer e-mailed us with this question. Here is our response:
Very good question. We have to buy bandwidth and the associated IP addresses (close to $3,000 per month) in sufficient amounts to meet the maximum number of subscribers, whether they're here or not. Likewise, we have to pay FairPoint almost $20/month/subscriber. So, even while the seasonal people are gone, our expenses continue.
Add to that the cost of power to the distribution center,
insurance, workers comp, debt service, the cost of new modems for customers,
maintenance contracts, contract labor, accounting, legal, utility taxes, roof
rent in Portland, etc., etc. and the expenses add up. Unfortunately, unlike our
seasonal customers, they don't go away during the winter. Beverly and I pick up
the crumbs that are left, which works out to about $5/hr., or far less than
minimum wage. At times, we take no pay at all.
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