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Friday, August 18, 2006

WiFi mesh works in Tibet (and Toronto!)... but not in the US

They've built a WiFi mesh network in Tibet -much like some of Wireless Nomad's work- but the article points out phone companies have blocked such intiatives in the US. Good thing we have the CRTC enforcing competition here in Canada!

"...The volunteers are building a low-cost wireless mesh network to provide cheap, reliable data and telephony to community organizations. The Dharamsala Wireless Mesh is an example of "light infrastructure," a concept gaining popularity among tech developers: decentralized, ad hoc networks that can deliver essential services faster than conventional means.

Attempts to deploy similar community wireless networks in America have been blocked repeatedly by national phone carriers."

Wired article/


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