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WIRELESS: NYCwireless - share your Internet bandwidth through W-LAN
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 20.03.02 - 16:03:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 7252x
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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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