[NA-Discuss] DIY Broadband- High Speed solutions for remote areas

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Mon Feb 18 00:16:03 UTC 2013

And this relates to NARALO, how?


On Sun, Feb 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM, Glenn McKnight <glenn.mcknight at ieee.org> wrote:
> http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/02/14/172011262/diy-broadband-comes-to-the-english-countryside
> In a fast-moving world, people from all over have demanded faster Internet
> speeds. But when you live out in the middle of nowhere, you can feel like
> you're in the Internet slow lane because broadband just isn't available.
> Residents of England's rural Lancashire decided that enough was enough with
> their slow, limited connections. They came to the conclusion that no major
> supplier would be out their way anytime soon, the BBC
> reports<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21442348>.
> Broadband companies said it would be too expensive to wire up the sparsely
> populated area.
> So Lancashire residents took matters into their own hands and
> createdB4RN<http://b4rn.org.uk/> (pronounced
> "barn") — Broadband for the Rural North.
> [image: In much of America, the availability of online video is often
> frustrated by slow broadband speeds. In this 2011 photo, Valerie Houde
> waits for a dial-up Internet connection in East Burke,
> Vt.]<http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/10/25/163570116/watching-tv-online-often-exposes-slow-bandwidth>
> All Tech Considered <http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/>Watching
> TV Online Often Exposes Slow
> Bandwidth<http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/10/25/163570116/watching-tv-online-often-exposes-slow-bandwidth>
> [image: Broadband Internet access at
> home.]<http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/03/23/149215373/tracking-high-speed-internet-in-your-neighborhood>
> All Tech Considered <http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/>Tracking
> High-Speed Internet In Your
> Neighborhood<http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/03/23/149215373/tracking-high-speed-internet-in-your-neighborhood>
> Funded and operated by volunteers in the community, B4RN digs trenches to
> lay the fiber optic wires necessary to connect the residents to
> super-high-speed Internet for less than $50 per month.
> A few locals have already been hooked up to the local network and their
> once ancient and tired computers are catching up with the times. Resident
> Harry Ball tells the BBC he's thrilled to be getting download speeds of 500
> Mbps. "That's fabulous, isn't it?" he says.
> By comparison, the average U.S. Internet connection speed is a pokey 7.2
> Mbps and the U.K. average is 6.3 Mbps, according to
> Akamai<http://www.akamai.com/dl/akamai/q3_2012_soti_infographic.pdf>.
> But both lag behind South Korea, which averages 14.7 Mbps (with average
> peaks of 48.8 Mbps).
> Watch the BBC's report <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21455795>.
> Glenn McKnight, B.A, M.A
> Chair: Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities(FBSC)
> IEEE HIC  Committee Member
> IEEE PES CSI  Committee Member
> Oshawa, Ontario Canada
> glenn.mcknight at ieee.org
> SKYPE:   gmcknight
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