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"Initial studies show that our not-for-profit ethic can deliver end user connections for 7% of the existing commercial costs. By being provided at real cost low cost wireless broadband community internet can reduce our dependence on the remote decisions of commercial companies as well as bringing broadband to communities that cannot or will not be reached by cable or 'DSL services."

-- (UK)

It's Oh So Quiet....

Appearances can be deceiving. Sorry for the lack of updates recently folks… but we haven’t been lazing around. With our friends at we have made some very interesting advances, including helping to develop an entire fleet of REAL units that can do exactly what we dream; Stream Audio and Video to hand held units; Form self-regulating ‘Mesh’ networks, even provide totally mobile content in a wearable server!

Check out the fleet at … but don’t forget to check back, there’s something REALLY interesting coming soon ;)

Welcome to Community Wireless :: The Internet Re-born

What is Community Wireless?

In short, it's a global dream... and it's out there. Happening. Right now.

Using 'off the shelf' and license-free Wireless LAN technology (802.11) various groups and individuals are embracing bandwidth and content, and sharing it with their community.

But it's not restricted to Internet access, just think of the possibilities;
  • Neighbourhood Groups and Local high-speed P2P Networking
  • Neighbourhood Watch/Surveillance using X10 devices
  • Community game servers
  • Connectivity to Rural/remote sites, previously limited by cables.
  • High speed Video Conferencing
  • High speed Mobile content
  • Localised 'Open Access' TV and Radio stations (streaming audio/video)
The list goes on! It may seem like hot air, but it is very real.

It’s the Organic Internet. The Internet re-born. The Internet the way it should be;

  • Free from the restrictions of ‘Corporate’ thinking, and Revenue strategies.
  • Free from ‘profit over performance’.
  • Run by the users, for the users.

And all it takes, is like-minded individuals and groups to open up their Network and spare bandwidth, to anyone and everyone.

Why Dial-up when you can Wi-Fi?
"Millions of people now carry laptops equipped for wireless Internet access over 802.11b (aka Wi-Fi) networks. But outside of home and office, there's been no place to connect. Most wireless networks are private, and investors are wary of funding Wi-Fi setups in public places in Ballarat." [Read Article]

"This market is exploding," said Joltage CEO Michael Chaplo, a 20-year AT&T veteran. "In five years, most public space will be wired for Wi-Fi." ... [Read More...]

Published Apr 05, 2002 - 11:45 PM

BBC investigate the problems with 'BroadBand Britain'
"This year is supposed to be the year of Broadband Britain. But getting hooked up to a fast internet connection is not as easy as it seems, as BBC News Online's Jane Wakefield reports."... [Read BBC article]

[Read more...]

Published Apr 05, 2002 - 11:03 PM

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