Unwired Community Summit

Back in May, I attended the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks and I was honored to be asked to represent Minneapolis’s digital inclusion and community benefit efforts on one of the panels: Holistic Planning & Deployment of Wireless Networks.

Josh Breitbart at Civil Defense recorded several of the presentations including the one I participated on.

Here’s the direct link to my presentation

Make sure to check out Robin Chase’s description of what’s going on in Boston. (It starts 15m30s in.) Boston’s plan is to have a nonprofit own the backbone and sell databits cheap to ISPs. They define an ISP as anyone: You, me, your mother. The goal is connectivity for $10/month.

US Internet in Minneapolis is also going to sell accounts to ISPs but there will be qualifications and minimum account buys in the area of 5,000 at a time. Not for the average geek to purchase.

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