Eugene Smiley on 24 Aug 2005 21:47:04 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] "geek-net" (was: FYI - FIOS/DCAnet)

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Jeff Abrahamson wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 02:59:33AM -0400, William H. Magill wrote:
>>If you want "current DSL like" data service, you will be stuck with
>>the RBOC or CLEC version only.
> In the realm of fantasy, what obstacles would stop a parallel
> "geek-net" from forming?  That is, in many cities we live close
> enough to our neighbors that an 802.11 peering network can form,
> each access point running inter-router protocols.  Of course, here
> and there these things would have to peer to the standard internet,
> but it's cheaper to band together to pay for a T1 or better here
> and there than to have everyone have to pay a lot for descent
> service.

I'd really like to see something like this as well. I've been
debating this very project (only with myself, however). For example,
I've been able to see as many as 4 APs (including my own) simply
sitting at my desk here in my South Philadelphia home.

Openwrt on a Linksys WRT54G looks like a good platform.

> Of course, only the geeks and nerds would care, so it may simply
> not be affordable.

I don't know about that... It would need some marketing skill, yes.
You just have to make it cheaper and faster than dial-up for the
non-broadband crowd to be willing to pay for it, while making it
ubiquitous enough for those with broadband to be able to use it where
they wanted (giving them the incentive that will have them share
their access.

The only problems then become Comcast and Verizon (and possibly the
City of Philadelphia)...

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