On Sun, 28 Dec 2003, Jonathan Ah Kit wrote:
> > or something which could gain the status and
do it on behalf of
> > every body else.
> Rich said 10 people... he didn't say they
have to be in the same block...
Same block means you can wire it up without crossing
streets. ie along
Hmm there are at least 5 - 6 households within a 1 km radius am where I
think we could have a small network. Unfortunately, it will have to be
wireless unless we have the ability to string wire across the power
poles to cross roads.
practical level, we had a walk around my block and counted 89
houses/flats in my block and 36 and 40 in nearby ones. At say 20-30%
takeup it should be too hard to dig some little tranches down the
back boundary and have a L2 ring ( anyone know the cheapest switch
model that handles trucks? ) for say $200 each setup.
Seems like a good place to start.
Anyone done some informal market research yet?
Scientific research? All
this hinges on the take up to me.
Pity my street doesn't seem to have by the looks of things people who seem
to have a need for this sort of thing... but I don't have any f2f
Don't judge it by looks. There are a lot of internet users out
yes some are happy with slower links etc but if it is affordable, I
don't think the uptake will be that low. As with other things, there's
the early adoptors who will always want to be the first to try the
new thing while others will follow as time goes by.
If there's a lot of rental property in your area, perhaps their uptake
of DSL isn't high because those living in rental accomodation will find
that it costs $$$ every time you move to a new flat unless you happen to
move when telecom discounts the $99 fee to $0. So DSL is only feasible
if you are in a fairly stable living arrangement. It does put a dent in
things if you end up having to move 2 or 3 times a year.
The thing is although this takes a lot of lobbying etc, I also don't
have much faith in city councils. I mean we have the town planning
of Auckland city council saying they were "taken by surprise" by
the low quality of apartments and all that going up.
With local body elections coming up next year, perhaps we can set up
a campaign to bring the whole thing to their attention. ie send
questions in to the various candidates seeking reply etc.
Anyway this sort of lobbying and action plan is off topic here 8)