[tcmtf] Community Neworks: any idea about them?

"Jose Saldana" <jsaldana@unizar.es> Tue, 08 October 2013 09:24 UTC

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Hi all.

 

I have recently "discovered" the concept of Community Networks. They are
"large scale, self-organized and decentralized networks, built and operated
by citizens for citizens." They are "also self-owned and self-managed by
community members, self-growing in links, capacity and services provided."

 

A paper explaining them can be found here:
<http://www.sigcomm.org/ccr/papers/2013/July/2500098.2500108>
http://www.sigcomm.org/ccr/papers/2013/July/2500098.2500108

 

Some examples: 

 <http://funkfeuer.at/> http://funkfeuer.at/

https://wlan-si.net/

http://www.bogota-mesh.org/en

 

I would like to know your opinion about this:

 

do you think this is a good idea?

 

Can they be a good place for developing experiments?

 

I think this can be a good solution for developing countries.

 

In addition, regarding TCM-TF, can they be a new scenario where traffic
optimization could be interesting? I mean, they do not have too much
bandwidth, and they connect to the Internet through a single link in many
cases (a bottleneck). One of the services considered is VoIP.

 

Thanks a lot!

 

Jose