In the beginning there was just this.

by DQ on February 17, 2010

Because everything has to start somewhere.

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juno February 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I love this site already.

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Michelle Cleveland February 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Thanks someone, everyone who is involved with launching this site and a place for Tamworth residents to explore, plan and implement wireless access.

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George Cleveland March 1, 2010 at 10:34 am

Yay for this!!

Please don’t think about the survey. Please do it now so we can get going.

Thanks to all involved!

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George Blanchette March 1, 2010 at 10:58 am

Although I am just a part time resident, I would consider using a town based wireless system. I use FIOS in Mass and Dial Up when I am in Tamworth. A system that could also allow others on while they are in town for a fee could generate some extra revenue, something like when you try to get internet at a hotel(fee for use).

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admin March 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

This is a big part of what I envision for this network.
I think that the scale of this network would make it possible to have such a “fee for use” system,
both for part time residents, and for lower income people who don’t want to commit to set monthly cost,
just to pay for what they use. I know there aren’t too many providers who offer this sort of thing, but I think
in Tamworth we’ll have a small enough system to be able to do it.

After all, if we stuck to the industry norms, this wouldn’t happen at all….
Stay Tuned!

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peter barnard March 1, 2010 at 11:19 am

going to steal the tag line. tx for the work.

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Brian Forcier March 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

I’m in for designing and implementing a plan as soon as we know whom to serve and how much funding is available. WiFi networks can work very well, if designed properly. I’m currently keeping a bunch of wilderness weather stations networked with the same equipment we’d be using in town for the Mount Washington Observatory. They have several back-country weather stations, networked with WiFi technology, collecting data and transmitting it back to the summit of Mt.Washington that have been in operation since the dawn of WiFi. The system is certainly possible, viable and capable of reaching areas of town that Time Warner or Fair Point would scoff at… Please Support This Effort and put an end to dial-up dependency!

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Chris Tatur March 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

Thank you for creating this idea and project.
I am very interested in moving forward with this project. We are very new on Bunker Hill rd without any internet access ( Verizon wireless works but its very limited and costly) and this network would be great improvement.

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Pat Farley March 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Hi Dennis……This is a great web-site! I’m so proud of all the work you have been doing to help bring broadband to all of Tamworth!! Many, many thanks…..Pat

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denney morton May 19, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Thanks so much for the work to get such a thing up and running.
I will miss the comraderie of hanging out in the library,
but glad to have the choice
to not have to drive.

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david little July 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Finland makes broadband a ‘legal right’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10461048.stm
Page last updated at 07:01 GMT, Thursday, 1 July 2010 08:01 UK

Finland argues that net access is a fundamental right
Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband a legal right for every citizen.
From 1 July every Finn will have the right to access to a 1Mbps (megabit per second) broadband connection.
Finland has vowed to connect everyone to a 100Mbps connection by 2015.
In the UK the government has promised a minimum connection of at least 2Mbps to all homes by 2012 but has stopped short of enshrining this as a right in law.
The Finnish deal means that from 1 July all telecommunications companies will be obliged to provide all residents with broadband lines that can run at a minimum 1Mbps speed.
Broadband commitment
Speaking to the BBC, Finland’s communication minister Suvi Linden explained the thinking behind the legislation: “We considered the role of the internet in Finns everyday life. Internet services are no longer just for entertainment.
“Finland has worked hard to develop an information society and a couple of years ago we realised not everyone had access,” she said.
It is believed up to 96% of the population are already online and that only about 4,000 homes still need connecting to comply with the law.
In the UK internet penetration stands at 73%.
The British government has agreed to provide everyone with a minimum 2Mbps broadband connection by 2012 but it is a commitment rather than a legally binding ruling.
“The UK has a universal service obligation which means virtually all communities will have broadband,” said a spokesman for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Making broadband a legal right could have implications for countries that plan tough action on illegal file-sharing.
Both the UK and France have said they may cut off or limit the internet connections of people who persistently download music or films for free.
The Finnish government has adopted a more gentle approach.
“We will have a policy where operators will send letters to illegal file-sharers but we are not planning on cutting off access,” said Ms Linden.
A poll conducted for the BBC World Service earlier this year found that almost four in five people around the world believed that access to the internet is a fundamental right.

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George Blanchette September 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I am working towards my BS in Information Technology. This semester my term project is

“My choice for a topic is: Wireless networks in rural areas established by communities. Large providers will not establish infrastructure in small communities, there is little return on the investment. A new model can be created to leverage the desire of local business and home owners to connect to the internet with state of the art speed. When this model is created it can be used in many varied locations to provide the infrastructure to many rural communities.”
I am looking for any information resources to add to my research list. I will base a lot of my paper on the Tamworth project and of course I am still looking forward to using it when it is operational.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

George

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GB October 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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