Re: [tcmtf] Community Neworks: any idea about them?

Arjuna Sathiaseelan <arjuna@erg.abdn.ac.uk> Tue, 08 October 2013 09:42 UTC

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Dear Jose,
  I would like to take this opportunity to present some of the work we
are doing here at Cambridge -

We are trying to solve the universal service problem in urban areas
(where people cannot afford to access the Internet) using existing
home broadband networks - home owners who have Internet connections
share their Internet connection for free with those who dont have.

We are currently doing deployments in a deprived area in Nottingham (
see www.publicaccesswifi.org )

More on the LCDNet initiative is here:
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~as2330/lcd/index.html

There are interesting possibilities to do multi-path TCP between
aggregating multiple access points and we are exploring that option
too.

The TIER group in berkeley have done quite a lot of nice work with
wireless for developing countries:
tier.cs.berkeley.edu/

Happy to discuss more :)

Regards
Arjuna

On 8 October 2013 10:24, Jose Saldana <jsaldana@unizar.es> wrote:
> Hi all.
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> 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.”
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> A paper explaining them can be found here:
> http://www.sigcomm.org/ccr/papers/2013/July/2500098.2500108
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> Some examples:
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> http://funkfeuer.at/
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> https://wlan-si.net/
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> http://www.bogota-mesh.org/en
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> I would like to know your opinion about this:
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> do you think this is a good idea?
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> Can they be a good place for developing experiments?
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> I think this can be a good solution for developing countries.
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> 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.
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> Thanks a lot!
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> Jose
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