[CUWiN] Questions regarding wireless networking assistance

Sascha Meinrath sascha at ucimc.org
Wed Sep 29 12:23:10 CDT 2004

Hi Ray,

It sounds like there may be some interest in starting a "Wireless Cloud" 
out in your area.  Given the economies of scale that are possible with 
sharing bandwidth, getting a T1 connection and then sharing the connection 
sounds quite viable.  In terms of how to run the system and/or set up an 
additional network to the CUWiN non-profit, I'd be willing to talk more 
with you about this.  I'm heading to Washington, DC this week; but will be 
back after the first week of October.  If you'd like to meet and talk 
more feel free to contact me directly.

--Sascha Meinrath
Project Coordinator

> I live far outside of your present coverage area: N. Duncan Rd., at the 
> Hensley/Duncan intersection, north-west of the Champaign city limits and 
> the I-57/I-74 intersection. I have tried to get service from DSL 
> providers as well as volo.net (the wireless Internet provider), but with 
> no success. Furthermore, it appears that is going to be a long time 
> before there is any high-speed service in this area.
> I am surrounded by at least 20 other single-family homes, and there are 
> two developments within a mile of my location: one (approx. 12 
> single-family homes)about about 1 mile south of my location, just off of 
> Duncan Rd; the other (approx. 15 single-family homes) about 1.5 miles 
> east of my location.
> I am wondering if your organization can assist me in formulating an 
> approach for contacting my neighbors and suggesting a shared broadband 
> network. I have been told that I can get a T-1 connection run to my 
> house, but it isn't cheap. Hence my desire to share the costs with 
> neighbors. We have seven acres of land, which gives us a lot of 
> line-of-site possibilities to the neighbors and nearby developments.
> I'm not in this for the money; I'd be very happy to set up a non-profit 
> organization, or to work through yours, in order to set up a community 
> wireless ISP set-up along the lines of a co-operative.
> If you have any advice, are able to offer any assistance in this matter, 
> or can refer me to another organization that might be able to help, I 
> will do my best to see this effort through.
> I look forward to your response. Please don't hesitate to ask for any 
> additional information that may aid you in determining if you are able 
> to offer any assistance in this matter.
> Cordially,
> Raymond Meredith

Sascha Meinrath
Project Manager & Pres.   *   Project Coordinator   *   Policy Analyst
Acorn Worker Collective  ***  CU Wireless Network  ***  Free Press
www.acorncollective.com   *   www.cuwireless.net    *   www.freepress.net

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