|Ujima Boston||Democratically controlled investment fund that has identified community owned internet as their #2 priority for neighborhood development.||NodeRunner session March 6 2019.|
|Detroit Community Technology Project||DCTP’s mission is to use and develop technology rooted in community needs that strengthens human connections to each other and the planet. DCTP offers technical support to various grassroots networks.||Skype interview w/ Ujima March 27 2019.|
|Allied Media Projects||AMP produces the Allied Media Conference and supports art, media, and technology projects working for social change.|
The most straight-forward way to expand our network is by establishing many "broadband buyers' clubs" throughout the region. By forming small mesh networks, neighbors can reduce their internet cost per Mbps. For instance, rather than paying $30/month for 60Mbps, a group of 5 tenants could procure a connection for $90/month delivering 1000Mbps (gigabit.) The cost of deploying this network depends on the current state of mesh node development, but preliminary analysis concludes that a $25/month membership fee from these 5 tenants would ensure the solvency of their buyers' club. Not only has each tenant's monthly cost gone down by ~17%, but also, their per capita Mbps has increased from 60Mbps to 200Mbps.
Building a truly community owned network means we must learn and teach about implementing mesh networks in the real world. Ideally, this process will be continuous as we grow and upgrade the network. The feedback loop between education and installation ought to help us build autonomous zones.
Neighborhood Network Design Workshop
The neighborhood network design workshop created by AMP is a fantastic way to teach new-comers about mesh networks. By designing a network that connects the people and places they want to connect, participants also get a feel for what it might mean to form the social ties necessary to create the network.