M2Z, a California company, had high hopes of offering coast-to-coast wireless Internet access at no cost to the end-user by using a bit of wireless spectrum that has remained unassigned since the Clinton administration. The FCC, however, had a different take on M2Z's advertiser-supported plan. That take was simply "No". The FCC, an unaccountable and unelected organization that claims the responsibility for "regulating interstate and international communications" denied without comment the company's bid to use the dormant spectrum.
We need to develop a platform that links local mesh networks together, through knowledge sharing and a free decentralized market. Without it we may not be able to build momentum in today's mass society.
The idea for internetwork came from BBN, a private company. The rise of ISPs in the 1980s showed that other companies were willing to invest in this space. Once the home PC and dial-up services became available, people joined commercial networks by the millions. The economic incentives to connect those early networks probably would have resulted in something very much like today’s Internet even if the ARPANET had never existed.
We talk about National Open Carry Day and some of the acts of civil disobedience around the country. Is open carry to extreme, you decide? Activist's break bad laws to bring attention to them with peaceful open carry protests including a soldier going on a military base open carrying and an activist open carrying in a bar.
AT&T has asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve a switch from legacy landline networks to broadband and IP-based connections. AT&T argues that 99 percent of Americans have wireless coverage and 700,000 landline subscribers are canceling each day. That switch is pushing up the cost of legacy services, AT&T says.
What do you call an 802.11bg mesh router with a single FXS port that automatically forms a peer-to-peer network and relays telephone calls without landlines or cell-phone towers? A Mesh Potato, of course.
Internet radio host and Free State Project participant Adam Kokesh is planning an "Open Carry March" on the nation's capital, in which he plans to lead gun advocates in a march carrying loaded guns. "This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event," reads the event's Facebook page. "We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs ... this will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent."
With the announcement that a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (drone) command center will open at the Horsham Air Guard Base (located in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania) in October local activists from all parts of the political spectrum came together and swung into action. On April 27, 2013 about one hundred protesters marched to the base's main gate and held a rally they called Drone Free Horsham.