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Creating a Grassroots Network in Downtown Raleigh Creating a Grassroots Network in Downtown Raleigh Presentation Transcript

  • Raleigh Wi-Fi
    • a grassroots approach @bmcd67
  • Our Common Thread
    • We ♥ Raleigh
    • Universities
    • Downtown Living
    • Arts and Culture
    • Events
    • Diversity
  • Top Place to Be View slide
  • Changes for the better View slide
  • Why do we need Wi-Fi?
    • 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
  • 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
    • 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?
  • Case Studies
    • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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