Just saw an item on Democracy Now
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/05/13/1437255 (You can either
read the transcript, Listen to the Item or view the video stream.) entitled
"Affordable Wireless Internet For All: How Media Activists Are Making
Champaign-Urbana Illinois A Model For Community Wi-Fi"
CUWireless.net have the software you need it seems to start your own!
They say: "The software the Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network
(CUWiN) project releases is a complete operating system for wireless, meshing
nodes. They start with a stock NetBSD distribution and add wireless drivers,
routing code, and specialized systems which allow the nodes to work in
harmony to route traffic for each other."
The Bold AMY GOODMAN interviews Sascha Meinrath, project coordinator of the
Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network, a member of the Champaign-Urbana
Indymedia Center, (In the USA somewhere)
SASCHA MEINRATH: So what we are talking about offering is bulk broadband for
cheap, so you can imagine speeds that are 10 times faster for prices that
are10 times less. We are not talking about pie in the sky, someday we will
have this; that's what we are delivering right now today.
SASCHA MEINRATH: Yeah, not just online. We are talking about a local area
network, so imagine things where you can do streaming audio, live video,
community web hosting, all of the resources, all of the different mediums
that people use in their everyday lives within the local community, so
everything from, say, the jazz club’s show to live footage of video from the
local high school football game delivered for free over a local network
wirelessly to the local community.
SASCHA MEINRATH: We have a website, CUWireless.net, where there’s a lot of
information. There's also groups WifiNetNews.com and MuniWireless.com which
has lots of resources and information on this. This is a major battle
happening right now because these technologies are available but are being
pushed out of the limelight.
There also discussion on how local lawmakers are trying to outlaw local lans
and commercial practices that would make the days of the good old P7T seem
like heaven! Whats is the craic here .ie? would this be legal or possible?
Should I put an old pentium with a wireless adaptor on my chimney?
See for more info
Seán Mac Suibhne
(Hoping this is on topic!)
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