Mesh Wi-Fi In The Projects
Meraki gear helps bridge digital divide
explores the deployment of Muni-Fi to a housing project in San Francisco "where violence is closer than a high-speed net connection."
The four-month-old WestSide Wi-Fi
project is offering tenants a sophisticated mesh network of Wi-Fi APs fed by a pair of 6Mbps DSL lines and a 4Mbps cable connection. They're using inexpensive and easily deployed Meraki mesh gear, which we've previously discussed
. The project gets $50,000 in funding from the non-profit Community Technology Foundation
of California and an additional $45,000 provided by the city.
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Wonder how many have computers with Wi-Fi? If this is a poor area just provideing internet with no computers is like giving away free gas to someone who dosn't have a car.
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Re: Wonder how many have computers with Wi-Fi?
said by MysticGogeta:All the laptops have been stolen and sold for crack. Who is going to access this network except the drug dealers?
If this is a poor area just provideing internet with no computers is like giving away free gas to someone who dosn't have a car.
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Re: Wonder how many have computers with Wi-Fi? Well, there you have it. Should reduce the crack dealer's cell phone bills; they can all use VoIP over WiFi now.
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Take your racist garbage elsewhere.
I just got done... Reading the John Jakes Civil War trilogy. It provides some interesting and applicable insights into some of the comments in this thread.
Re: I just got done... How in the heck the Civil War has anything to do with WIFI. The Civil War was about conflict between two different societies The Industrial North and the Agrarian South with state rights issue thrown in.
It has nothing to do with have and computer have-nots. Unless you want to justify use of violence if one has not then you might want to look at the Russian Revolution or the Khmer Rouge and its tragic aftermath.
White Guilt This is another bad case of (liberal) White Guilt. The liberal feels guilty of a perceived injustice then enact programs that are often out of touch of the needs of the recipients. We do not need Wi-Fi but entrepreneurs. Instead of make more dependant to other how making then self-sufficient.
For example young people in Borneo, I had seen many teens of poor families have access to the net though young entrepreneurs setting up small internet cafés. They do not spend much time enriching themselves but play network games or chatting with online friend. They can duplicate same thing in the black community. There problem a few hustlesers that can be persuade to set up and make money running an ISP or and internet café than selling drugs.
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Re: White Guilt Better yet, use the internet cafe as a front for drug dealers -- IM the boss for a re-up, or maybe use Google Apps spreadsheet to keep the count straight.
Now THAT is the entrepreneurial spirit.
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Re: White Guilt Or, you know, use it to learn?
said by article :--
Using a refurbished PC she picked up for $100, the 47-year-old mother of two adult children is now going online to help her son find a job, get health information and, she says, pay tribute to neighbors who've met with violent or untimely deaths.
"I want to get more literate," says Casey, who receives disability payments, and subsists on just over $1,000 a month. "I see other people working on computers, and little kids pecking on the things, and I thought to myself: 'I've got to learn.'"
Sure, that'll work..
San Francisco, CA
They have computers... To quote the article, you illiterate numbskulls:
"Not every resident has access to a PC, so the group set up refurbished machines in an empty apartment in the building to make a community computer center."
"The nascent system has already helped Westside teenagers Nina Macey and Wes King, who use the web for education and posting their rap tunes online, among other things. They've relied on computers at the community center, and school and library systems until Macey, 19, won a refurbished desktop machine earlier this year at a computer fair held at the complex."