Actually, perhaps change that from three to "as many stable dedicated servers on good connections as you can get your hands on".
As a victim of IRC server "surprise connection butsechx" back when I was running a server&IRCd linked with a couple others I can tell you that is is not remotely amusing or cool/fun.
And no, it was not out in the woods on dialup. It was on a high speed connection in the industrial area of the closest town to me.
Also, no, I did not download/seed torrents with it. It was not even hosting anything else.
As much as you might want to run your own network(control, fun, etc) it is not always practical and you are a target for script kiddies or losers who have more knowledge and access to one awesome or multiple good connections.
I am not saying you should toss the idea of running your own net out, just be careful. Seeing your server function flawlessly(locally) while your modem and router get raped is not what I would call fun.