Yesterday I found this project which runs in New York City and several other cities in the US and Canada and yes, that's what I think the wireless Internet should be, an public accessible network:
NYCwireless provides free public wireless internet access to the New York City community. We seek to build on the philosophies of 'open source' and 'free software' and create a philosophy and application of 'open networks'.
This is a movement to take use of the airwaves for the purpose of providing distributed, free, always-on mobile Internet access through wireless local area networks.
NYCwireless seeks to expand on similar projects in other cities by providing a platform and medium for community-based networking and content development. NYCwireless is composed of independent volunteers providing wireless access points and Internet bandwidth for public usage.
|Mannhatten with public LANs.
Every blue dot is an AP.
That's pretty cool and if you have a look on its web site, there are several public access points available. I will test it for sure if I will be next summer in NYC! I'm really fascinated by this project as it gives the wireless Internet a complete new view. And if I imagine to have a good cup of coffee anywhere downtown Manhattan and surfing the web through my wireless LAN card, thanks to a guy who shares his bandwidth with me, I'm even more fascinated!
For now, I wonder if there are equal projects running in other countries/cities? I would like to build up this kind of shared Internet in Germany/Munich to. Any folks from Munich out there; which are interested too? Why not sharing bandwidth? On daytime I don't need my one at home anyhow...
Cheers ~ Arne
PS: Unfortunately I'm living on the outskirts that my shared wireless LAN wouldn't be interesting at all, but what's with the folks in Schwabing?
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