[CUWiN] Approaches to start up a mesh wireless network

Robert J. Simmons rjsimmon at cs.cmu.edu
Sat Aug 9 13:09:16 CDT 2008

The "What We Learned" segment of this Center For Neighborhood
Technology document is one take on the general strategic questions
around community wireless, if you haven't seen it already. However, as
an important caveat, the community that this document relates to
(urban communities on the west side of Chicago) is almost a the polar
opposite of the environment you're describing.


 - Rob

On Sat, Aug 9, 2008 at 1:55 PM, Todd Boyle <tboyle at rosehill.net> wrote:
> Can anybody point me to any articles or outlines, of the
> approaches to starting up a neighborhood wireless network
> in a mixed, middle class suburb?   I don't even know how
> to begin to do the outreach and marketing.  What is the
> message?  And, what is the hardware/routing proposition?
> What are the preconditions more conducive to success,
> given that my neighborhood has well performing broadband
> service from both cable and telco.
> We have almost zero college age people around here, and
> the ones we have seem to be conservative, low-energy kinds
> of people.   We have substantial numbers of middle age, graying
> people, but they seem to be living in a cable-TV world and
> uninterested in internet.  The biggest demographic is families
> with kids, we have a lot of elementary schools.  And these
> families have substantial incomes from jobs like Microsoft,
> Google, Boeing, or the FIRE industries.  In other words they
> hate freedom and they know perfectly well what the P2P
> networks are for.   i.e.  they actually want everybody to pay
> cablecos and telcos, for exactly the same reason they want
> everybody to pay taxes.   They hate us for our freedom,
> I will guess that a 3rd broadband service is possible if it
> performs at least at the megabit speed with low latency
> and good reliability, and, they don't care what kind of
> technology is on the roof?   I seem to be gravitating towards
> a WISP turnkey type of system because of the likely, great
> ranges of half a mile or more, between nodes and there
> is heavy tree cover and hills, here,
> Todd
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