Creating a Grassroots Network in Downtown Raleigh

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Published on August 6, 2009

Author: bmcd67

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Raleigh Wi-Fi a grassroots approach @bmcd67

a grassroots approach @bmcd67

Our Common Thread We ♥ Raleigh Universities Downtown Living Arts and Culture Events Diversity

We ♥ Raleigh

Universities

Downtown Living

Arts and Culture

Events

Diversity

Top Place to Be

Changes for the better

Why do we need Wi-Fi? Growth of smartphones, handhelds, notebooks Internet is primary source of information Video on a phone? It’s Cool!

Growth of smartphones, handhelds, notebooks

Internet is primary source of information

Video on a phone? It’s Cool!

Competitive Advantage Austin, TX San Jose, CA

Debate

Current Downtown Wi-Fi Paid for by tax payers $112K price tag tough pill during recession $18k per year to maintain Limited downtown coverage Outsourced to Virginia company

Paid for by tax payers

$112K price tag tough pill during recession

$18k per year to maintain

Limited downtown coverage

Outsourced to Virginia company

Community Driven Approach Paid for by users/providers of the network as opposed to tax payers Cost spread over broad group of business owners and local residents Equipment options provide lower installation cost and maintenance Ability to sell ads to local businesses within the coverage area to offset costs

Paid for by users/providers of the network as opposed to tax payers

Cost spread over broad group of business owners and local residents

Equipment options provide lower installation cost and maintenance

Ability to sell ads to local businesses within the coverage area to offset costs

Ability to post local community content on splash and referral pages Easy to expand coverage to other areas of downtown (Glenwood South, Hillsborough Street) Contributes to general downtown economic development and perception among other high-tech cities/regions What about us locals?

Ability to post local community content on splash and referral pages

Easy to expand coverage to other areas of downtown (Glenwood South, Hillsborough Street)

Contributes to general downtown economic development and perception among other high-tech cities/regions

Case Studies San Francisco 100K plus users Ashville Not for profit admin

San Francisco 100K plus users

Ashville Not for profit admin

City of Raleigh Wi-Fi Coverage

Potential Coverage Areas West Raleigh NC State Hillsborogh Peace Oakwood Glenwood Boylan

Cost Comparison $112,000 to build and implement with cost of $18,000 per year to operate. Cost over 5 years = $202,000 Vs. Less than $20,000 for same coverage area Create profit after break even point (18 months)

$112,000 to build and implement with cost of $18,000 per year to operate.

Cost over 5 years = $202,000

Vs.

Less than $20,000 for same coverage area

Create profit after break even point (18 months)

Big Brother Who would administer and ensure proper use of the network? Adding nodes to the mesh Filtering inappropriate content Bandwidth limiting User and Business Support Content and ad administration

Who would administer and ensure proper use of the network?

Adding nodes to the mesh

Filtering inappropriate content

Bandwidth limiting

User and Business Support

Content and ad administration

Reach How can you cover a large geographic area and keep costs low? Mesh network technology Open Mesh, Meraki, etc. Multiple backhauls in key locations Grow network on demand Use local businesses, HOAs to sponsor Have local bloggers, photographers, others contribute

How can you cover a large geographic area and keep costs low?

Mesh network technology

Open Mesh, Meraki, etc.

Multiple backhauls in key locations

Grow network on demand

Use local businesses, HOAs to sponsor

Have local bloggers, photographers, others contribute

Free the Net! What service providers allow sharing of bandwidth? T1 and Fiber providers for businesses Nuvox, Covad, Deltacom Push for more ISPs to allow for sharing Need for change from our leaders!

What service providers allow sharing of bandwidth?

T1 and Fiber providers for businesses

Nuvox, Covad, Deltacom

Push for more ISPs to allow for sharing

Need for change from our leaders!

Costs Who would pay for the equipment and backhaul? Local businesses that already incur a cost for broadband Local businesses looking for another channel to advertise to a specific audience Solicit grant and public funds available to Not-for-Profit agencies

Who would pay for the equipment and backhaul?

Local businesses that already incur a cost for broadband

Local businesses looking for another channel to advertise to a specific audience

Solicit grant and public funds available to Not-for-Profit agencies

Community Workshops and seminars to educate students and general public about Wi-Fi technology Internships to assist those seeking careers in all areas: HW, SW, Infra, Interface Put people to work Example to other projects

Workshops and seminars to educate students and general public about Wi-Fi technology

Internships to assist those seeking careers in all areas: HW, SW, Infra, Interface

Put people to work

Example to other projects

Thank You! “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson from thinkexist.com @bmcd67

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Maria Robinson from thinkexist.com

@bmcd67

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