Va. Man Builds Homemade Internet Network

By Kathy Banks
|  Thursday, Apr 21, 2011  |  Updated 9:05 PM EDT
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Va. Man Builds Homemade Internet Network

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Dennis Hunt of Appomattox, Va., is a do-it-yourself kind of guy who apparently doesn’t like to wait.

Case in point: When he was told it would be a while before his rural Virginia home would get high-speed Internet service, he created his own network.

He built a 190-foot-tall transmission tower on a hill near his home and figured out a way to control it remotely. The 60-year-old resident even installed solar panels for electricity and has a bunch of car batteries standing by for backup power.

That was four years ago.

The company now has 100 customers and a fancy name: GNS Networks.

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