[wsfii-coord] Wired article on mesh
forster at cisco.com
Thu Aug 17 17:22:41 BST 2006
> One more showing up tomorrow in re: the summit/workshop. The media
> ball is starting to roll.
Just to remind everyone not to believe something just because it's
"in print", this part of Xeni's story is, I would say, a wild
> Attempts to deploy similar community wireless networks in America
> have been blocked repeatedly by national phone carriers. It takes a
> big company like Google to build citywide Wi-Fi networks (the
> company launched its first in Mountain View, California, this week).
It's true that phone companies have tried to block some of these
nets; in some cases they've succeeded or caused unfortunate and silly
restrictions. It's also true that some of the efforts to block
municipal nets have been blocked. At any rate, municipal wireless
networks are springing up like weeds this year, and that's on top of
a base of 4,000 - 6,000 small private commercial Wireless ISPs,
generally in rural areas.
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