Community Wifi for lower-income communities just got a much needed enabler. For just $79 Netequality, an Oregon-based 501c(3) nonprofit is now offering a modified “wall plug” version of Meraki’s Mini PCB wireless mesh network router hardware.
They have already deployed networks in six communities, where one (or more) broadband internet connection is plugged into a NetEquality router and one wall-plug repeater is needed every 4 houses or so.
What a great partner for other nonprofits that need their information and services to reach communities that typically have poor internet penetration. I could envision some very interesting programs that couple the planning and installation of a mesh network with specific information services for residents.
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