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On a Road Movie to Berlin!

on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:32pm

Ben West, WasabiNet's co-founder, is off to Berlin for this year's International Summit for Community Wireless Networks (IS4CWN), being hosted by the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation. Exciting! Aufregend (in German)! Ben will be presenting a tech showcase about the solar-powered rooftop wireless network Sunflower Mesh, in conjunction with the COMMUNAL-cator project being presented by Xavier Leonard.

Ben has been attending these summits since it came to St. Louis in 2006. Through these conferences, Ben has promoted the the wonders of WasabiNet, the local hackerspace Arch

Announcing Sunflower Mesh!

on Sat, 07/13/2013 - 1:58pm

WasabiNet is developing the Sunflower Mesh, a new concept for solar-powered, self-sufficient, rooftop Wi-Fi mesh nodes.  These nodes are designed to offer neighborhood-scale, hyper-local social collaboration applications, environmental sensing, and even limited Internet access, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  Even when the electricity goes out.

We aim to present on this concept, and even having some working prototypes to ogle, as part of the New America Foundation's upcoming Internation Summit on Community Wireless Networks (IS4CWN) being held this October in

Google Fiber Now Available in Kansas City

on Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:40am

Google has finally announced pricing for their new 1Gbit/s Fiber Internet serivce in Kansas City (MO and KS).  It includes thew new Google TV service, and they even include a "free" option after making just a 1-time payment!  The prospect of getting Google Fiber in St. Louis was one of the reasons we founded WasabiNet, so here's hoping Google moves to town soon!

https://fiber.google.com/plans/residential/

To quote the PC Word blog:

Google is offering three plans. The Gigabit + TV service is $120 a month, with a $300 construction fee waived if you sign a two-year contract.

WasabiNet in St. Louis Magazine

on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 11:10pm

WasabiNet is mentioned in the June 2012 issue of St. Louis Magazine, listing local technology organizations that are making an impact!  We are one of many "collectives ... changing the way St. Louis connects."  Be sure to pick up a copy and check us out!

Our Proposal to the 2012 Wireless Summit in Barcelona

on Fri, 06/01/2012 - 3:00pm

Barcelona

We've sent off our proposal to this year's International Summit for Community Wireless Networks (IS4CWN) being held in October in sunny Barcelona, Spain.  It's a case study in urban meshes:

Founded in 2009, WasabiNet is a viable, neighborhood-scale Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP), in a multi-ethnic, mixed income, urban corridor of St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Our niche centers on serving lower and middle income residents and small businesses who could not otherwise afford Broadband Internet, college-aged students, and individuals who move frequently.

WasabiNet connects over

"The co-op business model: share whatever you've got"

on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 3:29pm

This was highlighted recently on Hacker News.  I'm sharing it since it does relate very closely to models that Minerva & I are exploring for WasabiNet.

http://sivers.org/sharing

I feel like I know almost nothing about business, because the only business I’ve ever done is the co-op / sharing model.

It goes like this:

1. You already have something that people want.

It might be something you own, something you’ve learned how to do, or access to valuable resources, space, or people.

2. Find a way to share it with everyone who needs it.

Share because it’s what you do for friends, because it’s the

Captive Portal for WasabiNet hotspots. Hello mobile!

on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 4:24pm

Re-posting from a submission originally made to StartLouis.com ...

Just earlier this week I pushed out a software upgrade to all ~50 operating WasabiNet hotspots to display a Captive Portal for users of the free wifi service.  This Captive Portal, which is very basic right now, was built in the Drupal v6 Content Management System for a couple reasons: A) I have an irrational bias towards using Drupal and B) I was able to leverage off a couple contributed Drupal modules that integrate nicely with the CooovaChilli + freeRADIUS setup I use now for managing client connections throughout

WasabiNet on KSDK 5

on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 10:49pm

KSDK, a local TV station, recorded this interview with Minerva and myself in May of this year.  The clip aired earlier this month.

The video from 10/14 is now on Youtube!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pDpUpRT6ZM

Wireless Summit @ Vienna Day 3

on Sat, 08/14/2010 - 2:30pm

The author is now into his third day at the International Summit for Community Wireless, being held at Tech Gate in Vienna, Austria. This trip was made possible with a generous travel stipend granted to the author by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative.

Highlighted Talks:

A recipe for Digital Inclusion
Ben West, of WasabiNet
Josh King, of Chambana.net

Notable points from Josh King:
- Was able to qualify for NTIA stimulus funds to trench fiber in UC!
- Important to organize lots of neat Makerspace events to establish a large volunteer base.

Wireless Summit @ Vienna: Day 2

on Fri, 08/13/2010 - 2:38pm

The author is now into his second day at the International Summit for Community Wireless, being held at Tech Gate in Vienna, Austria. This trip was made possible with a generous travel stipend granted to the author by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative.

Highlighted Talks:

The OLSR-NG Mesh Project - A Status Update & Overview
L. Aaron Kaplan of Funk Feuer
Henning Rogge of FKIE

OLSR, or Optimized Link State Routing, is the algorithm that automagically builds the mesh between WasabiNet antennas.

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