Raleigh Wi-Fi <ul><li>a grassroots approach    @bmcd67 </li></ul>
Our Common Thread <ul><li>We  ♥  Raleigh </li></ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Downtown Living </li></ul><ul><l...
Top Place to Be
Changes for the better
Why do we need Wi-Fi? <ul><li>Growth of smartphones, handhelds, notebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Internet is primary source of ...
Competitive Advantage Austin, TX San Jose, CA
Debate
Current Downtown Wi-Fi <ul><li>Paid for by tax payers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$112K price tag tough pill during recession </...
Community Driven Approach <ul><li>Paid for by users/providers of the network as opposed to tax payers </li></ul><ul><li>Co...
<ul><li>Ability to post local community content on splash and referral pages </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to expand coverage to ...
Case Studies <ul><li>San Francisco 100K plus users </li></ul><ul><li>Ashville Not for profit admin </li></ul>
City of Raleigh Wi-Fi Coverage
Potential Coverage Areas West Raleigh NC State Hillsborogh Peace Oakwood Glenwood Boylan
Cost Comparison <ul><li>$112,000  to build and implement with cost of $18,000 per year to operate. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost ...
Big Brother <ul><li>Who would administer and ensure proper use of the network? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adding nodes to the m...
Reach <ul><li>How can you cover a large geographic area and keep costs low? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mesh network technology ...
Free the Net! <ul><li>What service providers allow sharing of bandwidth? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>T1 and Fiber providers for ...
Costs <ul><li>Who would pay for the equipment and backhaul? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local businesses that already incur a co...
Community <ul><li>Workshops and seminars to educate students and general public about Wi-Fi technology </li></ul><ul><li>I...
Thank You! <ul><li>“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” </li>...
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Creating a Grassroots Network in Downtown Raleigh

  1. 1. Raleigh Wi-Fi <ul><li>a grassroots approach @bmcd67 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Our Common Thread <ul><li>We ♥ Raleigh </li></ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Downtown Living </li></ul><ul><li>Arts and Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity </li></ul>
  3. 3. Top Place to Be
  4. 4. Changes for the better
  5. 5. Why do we need Wi-Fi? <ul><li>Growth of smartphones, handhelds, notebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Internet is primary source of information </li></ul><ul><li>Video on a phone? It’s Cool! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Competitive Advantage Austin, TX San Jose, CA
  7. 7. Debate
  8. 8. Current Downtown Wi-Fi <ul><li>Paid for by tax payers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$112K price tag tough pill during recession </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$18k per year to maintain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Limited downtown coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Outsourced to Virginia company </li></ul>
  9. 9. Community Driven Approach <ul><li>Paid for by users/providers of the network as opposed to tax payers </li></ul><ul><li>Cost spread over broad group of business owners and local residents </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment options provide lower installation cost and maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to sell ads to local businesses within the coverage area to offset costs </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Ability to post local community content on splash and referral pages </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to expand coverage to other areas of downtown (Glenwood South, Hillsborough Street) </li></ul><ul><li>Contributes to general downtown economic development and perception among other high-tech cities/regions </li></ul>What about us locals?
  11. 11. Case Studies <ul><li>San Francisco 100K plus users </li></ul><ul><li>Ashville Not for profit admin </li></ul>
  12. 12. City of Raleigh Wi-Fi Coverage
  13. 13. Potential Coverage Areas West Raleigh NC State Hillsborogh Peace Oakwood Glenwood Boylan
  14. 14. Cost Comparison <ul><li>$112,000 to build and implement with cost of $18,000 per year to operate. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost over 5 years = $202,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Vs. </li></ul><ul><li>Less than $20,000 for same coverage area </li></ul><ul><li>Create profit after break even point (18 months) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Big Brother <ul><li>Who would administer and ensure proper use of the network? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adding nodes to the mesh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filtering inappropriate content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bandwidth limiting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User and Business Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content and ad administration </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Reach <ul><li>How can you cover a large geographic area and keep costs low? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mesh network technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Mesh, Meraki, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple backhauls in key locations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grow network on demand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use local businesses, HOAs to sponsor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have local bloggers, photographers, others contribute </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Free the Net! <ul><li>What service providers allow sharing of bandwidth? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>T1 and Fiber providers for businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nuvox, Covad, Deltacom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Push for more ISPs to allow for sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for change from our leaders! </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Costs <ul><li>Who would pay for the equipment and backhaul? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local businesses that already incur a cost for broadband </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local businesses looking for another channel to advertise to a specific audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solicit grant and public funds available to Not-for-Profit agencies </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Community <ul><li>Workshops and seminars to educate students and general public about Wi-Fi technology </li></ul><ul><li>Internships to assist those seeking careers in all areas: HW, SW, Infra, Interface </li></ul><ul><li>Put people to work </li></ul><ul><li>Example to other projects </li></ul>
  20. 20. Thank You! <ul><li>“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” </li></ul><ul><li>Maria Robinson from thinkexist.com </li></ul><ul><li>@bmcd67 </li></ul>

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