WiFi and community development

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Just finished reading ‘Building WiFi Networks for Communities’, [PDF] an article by Catherine Middleton and Barbara Crow. It was useful in looking at alternative models for offering mobile Internet connectivity for local communities, especially for reviewing efforts this past summer by my own municipality of New Westminster to provide WiFi hotspots.

The Fredericton eZone model is an interesting build out from municipal infrastructure.  Middleton and Crow state, “What makes this situation unique is that the municipality owns and manages the network and that these three [city employees] continue to play a key role in advocating and developing the Wi-Fi network.” It makes me curious about my hometown’s efforts with Q-Net, a dark-fibre network built to drive improved broadband Internet.

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