The principals of LinkSpot Networks Inc. believe wireless fidelity, or Wi-Fi, is a perfect fit for RV campgrounds, according to the Washington Post.
Wi-Fi, which allows for wireless Internet access, is a segment of the telecommunications industry that will eventually become dominated by industry giants such as T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless, according to experts quoted by the Post. But for now, many Wi-Fi providers are small companies because profits are too elusive to interest the giants, and mom-and-pop firms can enter the sector because the capital requirements are relatively small.
LinkSpot, based in Reston, Va., and the other Wi-Fi providers active in the RV park sector, including TengoInternet and NomadISP, have struck a responsive cord with campground operators because Wi-Fi costs only one-tenth as much as extending conventional cable or telephone Internet hookups to the average RV park, LinkSpot President and CEO Alan Kobran told the Post.
LinkSpot, founded in 2001, now has 60 RV park customers. It charges campground operators monthly fees for setting up its network and then charges them on a sliding scale from $2.95 an hour to $35 a month for the 3,000 occasional users it gets each month, the Post reported.
Within five years, Kobran, a 49-year-old electrical engineer and computer scientist, wants LinkSpot to serve 2,000 RV parks around the country and to be “very profitable,” he told the newspaper.
With around 16,000 RV parks in the U.S., Kobran added there is room in the RV campground sector for several Wi-Fi competitors.
However, LinkSpot is not putting all of its eggs in the Wi-Fi basket. It plans to sell other services to RV park operators, including communications/security systems to monitor their facilities, Kobran told the Post.