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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

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

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.

WasabiNet at Wireless Summit Vienna!

on Thu, 08/12/2010 - 2:43pm

Ben West, co-founder of the mesh wifi network WasabiNet, will be presenting this weekend at at the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks (IS4CWN) in Vienna, Austria.  Ben will be co-presenting with Josh King from CUWiN in a panel entitled A Recipe for Digital Inclusion.  This trip was made possible with a generous travel stipend granted to the author by the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative.
 

During the trip across the Atlantic, Amsterdam greeted the author with a neat wind turbine farm just off the coast, just before he met Vic Hayes on the plane

PC World plugs Mesh Networks, Wireless Conference, and WasabiNet!

on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 4:06pm

Why I'd Choose St. Louis for Google's Gigabit Fiber Project
by Phil Shapiro

http://www.pcworld.com/article/199226/article.html

"The economics of mesh networks is fascinating and holds out the promise of bringing basic Internet connectivity to all residents of a neighborhood at a minimal cost – and for some residents, at no cost. When I heard about Google's plans to bring gigabit fiber-optic Internet to a given number of communities in the United States, I started monitoring which communities had existing plans to roll out mesh networks.

A Recipe for Digital Inclusion and Wasabi Molé, a Workshop Proposal

on Wed, 06/02/2010 - 4:11pm

Here is panel workshop which I've proposed for the upcoming International Summit for Community Wireless Networks, to be held in Vienna, Austria this August.  The conference will feature keynote speaker Vic Hayes, the "Father of Wifi," Sascha Meinrath of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (and founding member of WasabiNet inspiration Cuwin.net), and Joel Kelsey of the Consumer's Union.  Fingers & toes crossed that I get accepted ...

 
"The challenge of bringing Broadband to underserved populations is often defined at a high level, i.e.