Category Archives: General

An open access success story in the face of massive adversity (Hurricane Sandy)

With the clean up following Hurricane Sandy continuing, we thought we’d share the story of Red Hook. This story demonstrates a key benefit of open-access mesh networks – resiliance. The residents of Red Hook Houses in New York were without … Continue reading

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Is this the first Open Access connectivity across international boundaries?

Early in October permanent international wireless links were established between three community wireless networks in Europe: FunkFeuer from Austria, NEDWireless from Croatia, and wlan slovenija from Slovenia.  Read and share the story:  http://wlan-si.net/en/blog/2012/10/10/we-are-internationally-wireless/ Well done to all involved!         … Continue reading

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CONFINE Project launches Open Call 1

The CONFINE project is organizing two open calls to attract external experimenters to the facility. The first open call will close on Wednesday October 31 at 17:00h Brussels time. (Extended from Friday October 19). The CONFINE project is designing, building and … Continue reading

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Multiplying the Digital Divide

It is clear that there is a growing awakening amongst a new generation of visionary and e-enlightened local politicians in cities and communities around the world that their future well being and prosperity – social and economic – will in … Continue reading

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WiFi – Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

Well, sadly the summer vacation at our house in rural France is over and I am back to reality and London – and I have no shortage of OPLAN relevant material and events on which to comment!  First I should … Continue reading

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Wireless Openings

The beginning of July 2007 held two things which caught my attention and may prove to be an interesting milestone in the road towards open access.  The first was big-scale.  Last week Mr Kevin Martin, the chairman of the US … Continue reading

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Battle of business models

I am prompted to write as a result of a vigorous discussion that has been going on for some days on the topic of “Economic Sustainability of Community Wireless” on the forum of the World Summit on Free Information Infrastructure … Continue reading

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Bacon & Eggs

Three things engaged my attention yesterday.  The most important was the informal gathering of the working group on Broadband within the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum -TeleCities, to which I had been invited.  Meeting in Brussels it was one of, if not … Continue reading

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CAUGHT IN ANGER IN THE NET NEUTRALITY NET

Surprise, surprise!   I hate saying, “I told you so!”, but when on 5th April the US lawmakers refused to agree that the government should take steps to prevent telephone companies from establishing a two-tiered Internet by charging large content providers … Continue reading

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Birds of a feather stick together

So now the equipment vendors are deck-chair shuffling too – great for the lawyers and investment bankers, but according to Frank d’Amelio, Lucent’s COO, it is the telco operators that are really calling for this deal!  When asked why mergers … Continue reading

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