Some interesting reading from Tim Berners- Lee…

I have just come across this article by Tim Berners-Lee and it really is worth working through. It helps provide a richer background of understanding to the fundamentals and strategy of OPLANs.  In particular, at the end, there is a link to the section on Net Neutrality which in turn, links to Susan Crawford and her interview with Ezra Klein. This is very pertinent in that it makes the right arguments for what we describe as the OPLAN model. However,  it does wrongly (in my view) propose that State intervention is the way to get there. The core OPLAN Foundation view is that there is a private-sector, free-market route to this desirable open-access/net-neutral goal in the local context and that that once demonstrated, will become obvious to all (including the telco/cable sectors and their investors!) and become the new business model for emulation in communities around the world. MJM 07/06/14

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The OPLAN Foundation welcomes new partners to CONFINE

In September 2013, the CONFINE project launched a second open call for experiments using the Community-lab testbed. As part of the second open call, twelve new partners have joined the consortium. The institutions, and list of activities are: Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni University of Cambridge University of the Western Cape Sarantaporo.gr Non Profit Association Technische Universität Berlin / DAI-Labor Itinerarium, Localització, Multimèdia i Xarxes Socials SL Institute of government and public policies (IGOP) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona New America Foundation Routek S.L. Forschungszentrum Telekommunikation Wien GmbH Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover UNIDATA (Ninux.org) The OPLAN Foundation is looking forward to working with these new partners.

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CONFINE Project launches Open Call 2 : €750,000 of funding available

The CONFINE Project has a new open call for participation. The deadline for application is October 19, 2013. We are looking for: i) experiments relevant to community networks that make use of the existing Community-Lab testbed. ii) expansion of the Community-Lab testbed over other community networks that bring added value to the testbed. A total of up to €750,000 of funding is available for projects with a level of funding per proposal normally be in the order of €50,000 to €100,000. Participation is open for any organisation from any country in the world (according to the participation rules in FP7 projects). More details about the call.

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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 power, water and heat for a time, and traditional cellular coverage was spotty at best. However, the residents were still able to access the public internet via the Red Hook Initiative - an open-access community mesh wireless network. http://techpresident.com/news/23127/red-hook-mesh-network-connects-sandy-survivors-still-without-power  

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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!                    

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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 operating a distributed testbed to support experimental research in community networking: Community-lab.net. The Community-Lab testbed offers a group of computers and network links installed as part of existing community networks. The testbed is under development and we already have a small operational testbed with prototype software. As of January 2013 we plan to have around 40 nodes ready to run experiments, which are part of three community networks in Europe (AWMN, Funkfeuer, Guifi.net). Similarly to Planetlab, each research project has a “slice” with access to virtual machines on the different nodes. The nodes are x86 based computers (AMD Geode LX CPU such as Alix boards or Atom CPU) running a customized …

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U.S.-Funded Internet Liberation Project Finds Perfect Test Site: Occupy D.C.

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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 large measure depend on having access to a future-proof and ‘open’, local information infrastructure. These enlightened political leaders are beginning to understand that there is a better route to an ‘e-future’ than that being promulgated through nationally (and sometimes internationally) developed and driven IT, telecoms and cable-TV public policy and regulation. Not only that, but they are actually seeing that access to such an open public local access network (OPLAN) ahead of other cities in their country as well as overseas, could yield a compelling competitive advantage when it comes to thriving in the 21st century information age. As far as they are concerned, “Bring on a digital divide!” This is …

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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 let you know how grateful I am to the French telco sector.  Rare words indeed from me!  Let me explain.  Our house is in the middle of nowhere - in the heart of Brittany surrounded by fields, sheep, cows and corn.  Precisely three years ago I was amazed to find that we were within ADSL range of the local France Telecom exchange.  After some research I opted for Cegetel and signed up for a basic 512 kb/s service for 14,90€ a month plus their associated voice package.   All worked well till last year I received smail mail notice that Cegetel was being acquired by neuf Telecom and that I must …

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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 regulator, the FCC, came out and told a US newspaper what he has in mind for the 700 MHz spectrum auction in late 2008.  He talked about an 'open network' which would permit any wireless device to connect to it, and which would place no limits on the services that could be offered across it or by whom.  In other words, it seems he wants a pure mobile web, where customers can download any broadband application, and have no restrictions on the content that is served or on the devices that would be deployed by end users to access them.  It sounds to me like a flat rate, open IP …

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