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||<tablestyle="border-bottom:2px solid gray;" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;text-align:center;font-size: 17px;font-weight:bold;letter-spacing:2px;color:red;border:0;">Welcome to the Personal Telco Project'''||
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The Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon dedicated to the idea that people have a central role in how their networks are operated. We do that by building our own networks that we share with our communities, and by helping to educate others in how they can too. To date, we have done this using Wi-Fi technology. We began in 2000 by turning our own houses and apartments into wireless hotspots (or "nodes"), and then set about building networks in public locations such as parks and coffee shops. There are currently [[Nodes|about 100 active nodes]] participating in our project. We would like to see people and businesses in every corner and on every block of the city participating. This is a rewrite of PersonalTelco (the wiki homepage) as initiated by Dan Rasmussen. It's intended to replace the PersonalTelco homepage as-is, as opposed to PersonalTelcoUnderConstruction, which is an improved, but not yet complete or polished, version of this page. It could use your help!
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||<tablestyle="float:right;position:relative;width:334px;text-align:left;border:0;margin:0px 0px 20px 50px;clear:right;" style="background:#f0f0f0;color:black;text-align:left;padding:1em;border:1px solid #333;"><<RssLink(http://www.personaltelco.net/PersonalTelco?action=rss_rc&amp;unique=1&amp;local=1&amp;ddiffs=1)>>Subscribe to calendar events<<MonthCalendar>><<BR>>[[CalendarOfEvents|View list of events]]<<BR>><<BR>>__`Help`__<<BR>>[[WikiWikiWeb|Wiki projects]] can be a big place, you might start at the WikiTour and look over the HelpContents<<BR>><<BR>> __`RecentChanges`__ <<RssLink(http://wiki.personaltelco.net/index.cgi/RecentChanges?action=rss_rc&unique=1&ddiffs=1)>> <<BR>> <<RecentChangesList>><<BR>>__`Links`__<<BR>>[[http://map.personaltelco.net/|Node Map]] or [[Nodes|Node List]]<<BR>>[[http://wiki.personaltelco.net/CurrentUsers|Current node summary]]<<BR>>[[http://munin.personaltelco.net/personaltelco.net/nocat.html|Munin graphs]]<<BR>>[[http://donk.personaltelco.net/olsr/|OLSR status]]<<BR>>[[http://blog.personaltelco.net|Personal Telco Blog]]<<BR>>[[http://youtube.com/profile_videos?user=PersonalTelco&p=v|YouTube Videos]]<<BR>>[[http://irc.personaltelco.net/|Live chat]]<<BR>>[[http://www.personaltelco.net/donate|Make a donation]]<<BR>>[[NewNodeChecklist|Adding a node? Follow this checklist]]<<BR>><<BR>>__`Latest Discussions`__<<RssLink(http://groups.google.com/group/ptp-general/feed/atom_v1_0_msgs.xml)>> <<BR>> <<GeneralList>> <<GoogleGroupsBox(ptp-general)>><<BR>>__`Ops Discussions`__ <<RssLink(http://groups.google.com/group/ptp-ops/feed/atom_v1_0_msgs.xml)>><<BR>><<OpsList>><<GoogleGroupsBox(ptp-ops)>><<BR>>__`Mailing Lists`__<<BR>>[[http://lists.personaltelco.net/|General List information]]<<BR>>[[http://news.gmane.org/gmane.network.wireless.portland.general|General archives]]<<BR>>[[http://groups.google.com/group/ptp-ops|Network Operations]]<<BR>>[[http://groups.google.com/group/ptp-mgp|Mississippi Grant Project]]<<BR>><<BR>>__`Contact Us`__ <<BR>> If you need help, or have a general question, please send an email to info@personaltelco.net, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.<<BR>><<BR>>If you need technical operational support please send an email to <<MailTo(ops AT personaltelco DOT net)>>. Keep in mind that we are a volunteer based Network Operations Team and we will try and respond as soon as we can.<<BR>><<BR>>If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions related to this website, please send an email to <<MailTo(webmaster AT personaltelco DOT net)>>, and a web maintainer will get back to you as soon as possible.|| Removed link to the "u tube" site so wiki would let me save...
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||<tablestyle="border-bottom:1px solid gray;" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;text-align:center;font-size: 14px;font-weight:bold;letter-spacing:2px;color:red;border:0;clear:both">Our Mission Statement|| == You: A Person Curious What Personal Telco is ==
You may have heard of something called "the internet." We're big fans! We believe internet access should be free, safe, and uncensored. Portland, Oregon is a dense urban area. We think it's a waste of time, money, electricity, and natural resources ('''links!''') for each business, household, and apartment renter to sign up for internet service, wait days for a maintenance worker, purchase or rent a router ('''link'''), learn how to configure that router, and then individually help every customer, employee, family member or visiting friend to connect to their wifi hotspot. It can be much easier! Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations ('''Link to sections below!''') who share (or plan to share) their internet connection instead of hoarding it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon. ('''Link to "AboutThePTP" page instead of previous sentence? Introductions are important, important to be concise, etc..''') You can help us help everybody with a donation of your time, money, or bandwidth (appropriate links). If you don't live in Portland, there may be a similar group near you. ('''Link! / Wikipedia?''')
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''We are here to promote and build public wireless networks through community support and education.'' '''TODO: Move this section elsewhere on website. Good to mention these benefits but probably best not here...
  Portland, Oregon is a dense urban area. It's a waste of time, money, electricity, and natural resources for each business, household, and apartment renter to sign up for internet service, wait for a maintenance worker, buy or rent a router, configure that router, and then individually help every customer, employee, family member or visiting friend to connect to their wifi hotspot. It can be much easier!'''
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This site aims to help you find what you need in order to get connected to the community wireless network, or to participate in it. We thrive on feedback; if you have a question, comment, suggestion, or just can't find what you need, don't hesitate to [[#Contact|let us know]]. == You: A Person Desirous of Internet Access ==
There are many wifi hotspots around Portland. To use them, you often have to do one of the following:
• Purchase a beverage or food. Ask how to get on their network - it's always different! Hope that they know the current password, that you heard them correctly, that you typed it in correctly. Hope their network is compatible with your device(s).
• Track down the owner of a hotspot. Ask how to get on. If you're lucky, they know how. Enjoy fiddling with your wireless settings!
If those options seem like a bother, you've got one more! A Personal Telco "Node" is where a private individual, business, or other entity has decided to make network access freely available to anybody near enough to pick it up. Simply visit our Personal Telco Node Map, and find a node near you.
 * Introduce node concept (definition) - footnote!
 * Explain why they're called nodes. This is sorta done here: https://personaltelco.net/wiki/PotentialNodeOwnerFaq
 * Benefits of PTP vs. open wifi APs
 * Network effects. Describe useful things people can do when on the same network as their neighbors (separate page)
 * Node map
 * Note: suggest PTP to businesses, organizations, individuals
 * Suggestion: thank businesses, organizations, individuals who are using PTP nodes / having open wifi
 * These pages could be useful:
  * https://personaltelco.net/wiki/NodePropositionFlyer
  * https://personaltelco.net/wiki/Publications
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||<tablestyle="border-bottom:1px solid gray;" style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;text-align:center;font-size: 14px;font-weight:bold;letter-spacing:2px;color:red;border:0;">Looking for Partners|| == You: A Geek, Aspiring Geek or Individual Seeking Volunteer Opportunities ==
Personal Telco welcomes all comers. Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful.
 * Mention meetups, email, irc, etc
 * Success stories! User testimonials? Dreams come true: jobs, love stories, etc?
 * Link to ways individuals can help
 * History of project: https://personaltelco.net/wiki/AboutThePTP
 * Explain gift economy
 * https://personaltelco.net/wiki/Publications
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The City of Portland has offered to donate to us some of the remnants of the abandoned MetroFi network, the aborted city-wide wifi project that shutdown in July of 2008 that are being taken off of street lights and signal arms around the city. We are looking for partners to help us deploy these again. If you are a neighborhood association or a business association or a housing project or just a group of neighbors that can help us find places to mount devices and some bandwidth, please get in touch <<MailTo(info AT personaltelco DOT net)>>. We have talented people who want to see some public value come from these things. == You: Individual With Internet Access ==
Consider sharing it with your neighbors! There are many benefits to doing so, and only a few drawbacks — most of which can be overcome. Have a look at the PersonalTelcoHandbook to get started.
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Mention potential benefits and potential drawbacks. Probably on a separate page!
These pages could be useful:
 * https://personaltelco.net/wiki/PersonalTelcoHandbook (is this '''included''' or copied: PotentialNodeOwner ?)
 * NodePropositionFlyer
 * PenguinDayNotes?highlight=(volunteer)
 * Publications
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Right now, Portland individuals and businesses operate about 2500 access points per square mile, roughly one every 100 feet in any direction. This density is a tremendous opportunity for the people of Portland to create their own ubiquitous, free wifi, by joining with us to turn more of these 2500 access points into internet connections shared with our communities. It's not hard, and Personal Telco is here to help. == You: A Business, Housing Project, Neighborhood Group, or Other Organization ==
Consider sharing a network connection with your neighbors! There are many benefits to doing so, and only a few drawbacks — most of which can be overcome. Have a look at the PersonalTelcoHandbook to get started.
The City of Portland has offered to donate to us some of the remaining hardware from the MetroFi network, the city-wide wifi project that was aborted in 2008. We are looking for partners to help us redeploy this hardware so that it can again be useful. We need bandwidth and places to mount devices. If you can help us with this, please get in touch <<MailTo(info AT personaltelco DOT net)>>.
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We hold fairly large [[MonthlyMeeting|monthly meetings]] and smaller [[WeeklyMeeting|weekly meetings]], in addition to training days, "[[PlayDay|play days]]," and [[#Events|other gatherings]]. We welcome participation in any and all of these events, at any level, from everyone in the Portland area - or anyone at all interested in wireless! Join our [[MailingList|mailing list]], read [[http://news.gmane.org/gmane.network.wireless.portland.general|the archives]], join the [[http://irc.personaltelco.net|live chat]], ask questions, come to the meetings, put up your own node; it's easy, and we're here to help things go smoothly for you. <<Anchor(metrofi)>>
The City of Portland has offered to donate to us some of the remaining hardware from the MetroFi network, the city-wide wifi project that was aborted in 2008. We are looking for partners to help us redeploy this hardware so that it can again be useful. We need bandwidth and places to mount devices. If you can help us with this, please get in touch <<MailTo(info AT personaltelco DOT net)>>. '''Is this section still relevant? And even if it is, does it deserve valuable homepage real estate? We should be using this space to get people interested!'''
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We welcome new members regardless of their level of knowledge. If help is needed setting up a node [[MailingList|join the list]], attend the meetings and someone will be glad to help out - getting up and running might be easier than you think! Personal Telco Project members volunteer to build wireless networks, in hopes of allowing access to everyone around the Portland area. The more nodes that can be sponsored by local businesses and individuals in high traffic areas, and in Portland's many neighborhoods, the more useful the network becomes to everyone. '''More information/links?'''
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If you are interested in hosting a node, or know of another person or business which might be willing to donate a little bandwidth and a window ledge for the good of the community, then please, let us know, and let them know about us! Personal Telco Project members are also working to assist and encourage local educational and community organizations to bring wireless networks to those who could not receive access otherwise. [[ContactUs|Please contact us]] if you are interested providing public wireless access through your organization.
== Contact Us ==
If you need help, or have a general question, please send an email to info@personaltelco.net, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.<<BR>><<BR>>If you need technical operational support please send an email to <<MailTo(ops AT personaltelco DOT net)>>. Keep in mind that we are a volunteer based Network Operations Team and we will try and respond as soon as we can.<<BR>><<BR>>If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions related to this website, please send an email to <<MailTo(webmaster AT personaltelco DOT net)>>, and a web maintainer will get back to you as soon as possible.


||<tablestyle="float:right;position:relative;width:334px;text-align:left;border:0;margin:0px 0px 20px 50px;clear:right;" style="background:#f0f0f0;color:black;text-align:left;padding:1em;border:1px solid #333;"><<RssLink(http://www.personaltelco.net/PersonalTelco?action=rss_rc&amp;unique=1&amp;local=1&amp;ddiffs=1)>>Subscribe to calendar events<<MonthCalendar>><<BR>>[[CalendarOfEvents|View list of events]]<<BR>><<BR>>__`Help`__<<BR>>[[WikiWikiWeb|Wiki projects]] can be a big place, you might start at the WikiTour and look over the HelpContents<<BR>><<BR>> __`RecentChanges`__ <<RssLink(http://wiki.personaltelco.net/index.cgi/RecentChanges?action=rss_rc&unique=1&ddiffs=1)>> <<BR>> <<RecentChangesList>><<BR>>__`Links`__<<BR>>[[http://map.personaltelco.net/|Node Map]] or [[Nodes|Node List]]<<BR>>[[http://wiki.personaltelco.net/CurrentUsers|Current node summary]]<<BR>>[[http://munin.personaltelco.net/personaltelco.net/nocat.html|Munin graphs]]<<BR>>[[http://donk.personaltelco.net/olsr/|OLSR status]]<<BR>>[[http://blog.personaltelco.net|Personal Telco Blog]]<<BR>>[[http://irc.personaltelco.net/|Live chat]]<<BR>>[[http://www.personaltelco.net/donate|Make a donation]]<<BR>>[[NewNodeChecklist|Adding a node? Follow this checklist]]<<BR>><<BR>>__`Latest Discussions`__<<RssLink(http://groups.google.com/group/ptp-general/feed/atom_v1_0_msgs.xml)>> <<BR>> <<GeneralList>> <<GoogleGroupsBox(ptp-general)>><<BR>>__`Ops Discussions`__ <<RssLink(http://groups.google.com/group/ptp-ops/feed/atom_v1_0_msgs.xml)>><<BR>><<OpsList>><<GoogleGroupsBox(ptp-ops)>><<BR>>__`Mailing Lists`__<<BR>>[[http://lists.personaltelco.net/|General List information]]<<BR>>[[http://news.gmane.org/gmane.network.wireless.portland.general|General archives]]<<BR>>[[http://groups.google.com/group/ptp-ops|Network Operations]]<<BR>>[[http://groups.google.com/group/ptp-mgp|Mississippi Grant Project]]||<<BR>><<BR>>

This is a rewrite of PersonalTelco (the wiki homepage) as initiated by Dan Rasmussen. It's intended to replace the PersonalTelco homepage as-is, as opposed to PersonalTelcoUnderConstruction, which is an improved, but not yet complete or polished, version of this page. It could use your help!

Removed link to the "u tube" site so wiki would let me save...

You: A Person Curious What Personal Telco is

You may have heard of something called "the internet." We're big fans! We believe internet access should be free, safe, and uncensored. Portland, Oregon is a dense urban area. We think it's a waste of time, money, electricity, and natural resources (links!) for each business, household, and apartment renter to sign up for internet service, wait days for a maintenance worker, purchase or rent a router (link), learn how to configure that router, and then individually help every customer, employee, family member or visiting friend to connect to their wifi hotspot. It can be much easier! Personal Telco is a collection of individuals, businesses, and organizations (Link to sections below!) who share (or plan to share) their internet connection instead of hoarding it. It's also a group of volunteers who want this network to grow. Personal Telco Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon. (Link to "AboutThePTP" page instead of previous sentence? Introductions are important, important to be concise, etc..) You can help us help everybody with a donation of your time, money, or bandwidth (appropriate links). If you don't live in Portland, there may be a similar group near you. (Link! / Wikipedia?)

TODO: Move this section elsewhere on website. Good to mention these benefits but probably best not here...

  • Portland, Oregon is a dense urban area. It's a waste of time, money, electricity, and natural resources for each business, household, and apartment renter to sign up for internet service, wait for a maintenance worker, buy or rent a router, configure that router, and then individually help every customer, employee, family member or visiting friend to connect to their wifi hotspot. It can be much easier!

You: A Person Desirous of Internet Access

There are many wifi hotspots around Portland. To use them, you often have to do one of the following: • Purchase a beverage or food. Ask how to get on their network - it's always different! Hope that they know the current password, that you heard them correctly, that you typed it in correctly. Hope their network is compatible with your device(s). • Track down the owner of a hotspot. Ask how to get on. If you're lucky, they know how. Enjoy fiddling with your wireless settings! If those options seem like a bother, you've got one more! A Personal Telco "Node" is where a private individual, business, or other entity has decided to make network access freely available to anybody near enough to pick it up. Simply visit our Personal Telco Node Map, and find a node near you.

You: A Geek, Aspiring Geek or Individual Seeking Volunteer Opportunities

Personal Telco welcomes all comers. Whether you're a technology wizard or technically incompetent, volunteering with us is a great way to learn something new, enjoy teaching others, or use your skills to do something useful.

You: Individual With Internet Access

Consider sharing it with your neighbors! There are many benefits to doing so, and only a few drawbacks — most of which can be overcome. Have a look at the PersonalTelcoHandbook to get started.

"They will appreciate it, and might even thank you somehow." Mention potential benefits and potential drawbacks. Probably on a separate page! These pages could be useful:

You: A Business, Housing Project, Neighborhood Group, or Other Organization

Consider sharing a network connection with your neighbors! There are many benefits to doing so, and only a few drawbacks — most of which can be overcome. Have a look at the PersonalTelcoHandbook to get started. The City of Portland has offered to donate to us some of the remaining hardware from the MetroFi network, the city-wide wifi project that was aborted in 2008. We are looking for partners to help us redeploy this hardware so that it can again be useful. We need bandwidth and places to mount devices. If you can help us with this, please get in touch <info AT personaltelco DOT net>.

The City of Portland has offered to donate to us some of the remaining hardware from the MetroFi network, the city-wide wifi project that was aborted in 2008. We are looking for partners to help us redeploy this hardware so that it can again be useful. We need bandwidth and places to mount devices. If you can help us with this, please get in touch <info AT personaltelco DOT net>. Is this section still relevant? And even if it is, does it deserve valuable homepage real estate? We should be using this space to get people interested!

More information/links?

Contact Us

If you need help, or have a general question, please send an email to info@personaltelco.net, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you need technical operational support please send an email to <ops AT personaltelco DOT net>. Keep in mind that we are a volunteer based Network Operations Team and we will try and respond as soon as we can.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions related to this website, please send an email to <webmaster AT personaltelco DOT net>, and a web maintainer will get back to you as soon as possible.

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