[Cu-wireless] Going Wireless

Mike Lehman rebelmike at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 13 19:32:29 CDT 2004

Looks like we got some publicity from The Progressive Review. Sam Smith 
published my note to him on the project in today's (April 13) Undernews. 
See it at http://prorev.com/indexa.htm
Mike Lehman

Mike Lehman wrote:

> Sam,
> I saw your comment about wanting more info on wifi systems in today's 
> edition of Undernews (http://prorev.com/indexa.htm). Here in Urbana, IL, 
> we are in the process of building a community wireless system to provide 
> ubiquitous (and free to the user) wifi access.
> Assisted by a recently won $200,000 grant, the nearly three-year old 
> project is now expanding from a test network that has tested initial 
> software and hardware configurations into a syatem that will have at 
> least 50 nodes. The city of Urbana is participating by allowing access 
> to city infrastructure (such as locations on city buildings and, soon, 
> lightpoles).
> Eventually, it is hoped that the model developed can be exported to 
> Third World areas to improve internet access, as well as to any 
> community that organizes to build such a network. The project is 
> fiscally sponsored by the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.
> Here is a link to the project website for more info:
> http://www.cuwireless.net/

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