A brief description of how PersonalTelco will conquer the world :)

Phase 1.

Get as many AccessPoints (they will not be inter-connected to start with) up as possible. Help people make sensible choices about hardware.

Phase 2.

Use those AccessPoints to to start building local communities (eg. sharing with neighbors who have convenient LineOfSight). Each community should be autonomous (this is key). Currently the plan is that each community will have an access point, a CaptivePortal (probably a *nix box) and an internet connection. In the longer term they will also have at least one wireless link to another local community.

Phase 3.

Start building wireless connections between communities. By this point we should have a better feel for what's feasible and what technology works well for us. Our original intent was to just let the network mesh however was convenient, further thinking has revealed that we're not too confident in this plan so we have started talking about setting up regional aggregation points with higher quality gear.

-- AdamShand

So where do we stand? Phase 1 is ongoing but the number of nodes installed , both PTPOps managed and those managed by individuals who are PTP affiliates, is astounding. Some areas of the city are still dark while ohers are fast moving into Phase 2

Phase 2 is in play across a few areas in the city. The Belmont/Hawthorne area known as Sunnyside has a couple of nodes repeating off of one another as well as single nodes close enough to have created coverage clouds. They have begun to work togther to coordinate the ability to roam across the repeater nodes who share one central Nocat box, TomHiggins ' Node236. Another such community is being buiilt up in the Northen part of the city around the home of AaronBaer

Phase 3 is still in the works. A run at this was done up via the Rocky Butte node, KeeganQuinn 's home node and a tunnel to a third node. Work is underway to do internode routing via OpenVPN for those nodes not in LOS of others.

All in all things are far more centralized and less autonomous than the orginal ThePlan talked of. There is a PTPOps group that does much of the installing of NoCat boxes, APs, Antenna and such. There are more folks stepping up to learn how and in time this may create the autonmous community clouds set out in Phase 2

And we have a grant in 2005! We are building a complete wireless network, see these resources for more information.

* Meeting 1: A look back. A meeting was held on Sep 12 2006 to discuss where PTP has been, and what motivates the people involved.

The attendees were RussellSenior, SethShikora, DonPark, and MikeWeinberg. During the two hour meeting, three activities got the conversation flowing. A description of each follows.

Who are the stakeholders and what are their motivations?

What are some goals of the PTP?

What are some measures of success?

* Meeting 2: Project brain-storming. A meeting was held on Sep 20 2006 to make a list of potential projects to focus on.

Weekly meeting notes from 9/20/06

Short term goals:

Long Term Goals:

Ways to Increase PTP membership

Potential PTP todo list


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