[ubuntu-us-nm] City wide wifi access?

David Thomas dthomas at zimbra.metrocourt.state.nm.us
Wed Jan 13 13:27:39 GMT 2010

Sure sounds like a great idea, but what kind of push back would your get from telco's.
I would never do it if I had to register. However I would not be apposed if it limited 
some types of traffic say torrents, it would be great to use it to check mail, simple surfing, or
to grab files off the cloud i.e. dropbox.

Just my 2 cents.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric Krieger" <grammatoncleric at ubuntu.com>
To: "Ubuntu US New Mexico LoCo Team" <ubuntu-us-nm at lists.ubuntu.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:27:36 AM GMT -07:00 US/Canada Mountain
Subject: [ubuntu-us-nm] City wide wifi access?


I just had a CRAZY idea and wanted to get some feedback and thought on
what everyone thinks about it.  While driving home last night I
selected the wrong app on my iphone and launched WifiFoFum.  I left
the app running just to see what wifi was out there. I was kind of
surprised to see how many wifi access points there where.  So I
started thinking that we should start to consider internet access as a
utility rather than a privileged service.  This morning still chewing
the wifi as a utility my thoughts turned to how the city could blanket
the city with wifi, of course my thoughts included a meshed wifi.  =)

Ok here's the idea: Using the library branches internet access as
gateways the city could extend each of the branches wifi with
open-mesh access points to cover the city.

I looked up where the branches are located and they are perfectly
situated to extend out to cover the city in wifi.


So I have several questions for you all.

Does this sound like a good idea?
What issues do you see wrong with Eric's crack pot idea?
Would you use a free wifi access that throttles bandwidth as not to
overwhelm the network or just to hog bandwidth?
Would any of you pay to have unthrottled wifi access across the city?
Would you be opposed to registerting and systems accessing the wifi
say by mac address?


- Eric

Eric J. Krieger
Ubuntu Member and Altruistic Network Ninja.

Email: grammatoncleric at ubuntu.com
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