Back in May, I attended the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks and I was honored to be asked to represent Minneapolis’s digital inclusion and community benefit efforts on one of the panels: Holistic Planning & Deployment of Wireless Networks.
Make sure to check out Robin Chase’s description of what’s going on in Boston. (It starts 15m30s in.) Boston’s plan is to have a nonprofit own the backbone and sell databits cheap to ISPs. They define an ISP as anyone: You, me, your mother. The goal is connectivity for $10/month.
US Internet in Minneapolis is also going to sell accounts to ISPs but there will be qualifications and minimum account buys in the area of 5,000 at a time. Not for the average geek to purchase.