You've got a free operating system, but how about a free* communications network? Present network providers are all for-profit commercial ventures. HamWAN is a non-profit organization deploying a modern multi-megabit wide area coverage microwave network throughout the Puget Sound region which is free to access. The only requirement is that you pass an Amateur Radio exam, since we’re using the free spectrum, high power levels and internet addresses made available to licensed amateurs only.
This talk will describe the network design in more detail, all the way from RF to network services. It will also describe some of the open engineering problems that we’d love some help in solving. Apply your computer and networking skills to give rise to one of the largest free networks in the world! Right in your own back yard.
* = OK, not 100% free for everyone. There are running / hardware costs and we rely on donations. Such are the limitations of doing physical things vs. just software.