Basically people put routers or repeaters on their rooftops, and then a network is broadcast for anybody to use. It's a community asset!
Here's their website and their Frequently Asked Questions page, which talks more about what it is. Here's a blog post by them about installing a router on the roof of Wonderland.
And if you're interested, they're having a meeting today at 7pm in the upstairs of Wonderland! Here's more info on the meeting:
Columbia Heights Community Wireless Meeting: Wednesday, August 8
Join us for an evening of drinks, laughs and light geekiness, and hear from some of your neighbors who are already part of the network! We’ll introduce the technology behind community wireless networks, hear ideas and goals for organizing the community and building the network, and plan next steps.
When: Wednesday August 8th at 7:00 pm
Where: The Wonderland Ballroom (upstairs)
Why: Meet your neighbors and support a community resource!
A wireless network can help you communicate with your neighbors and share the cost of an Internet connection. The potential benefits for our community include:
- faster Internet access
- lower phone bills
- health information
- neighborhood safety
- environmental justice
- local news and education
You can participate in this effort by offering any of the following: roof space and electricity to host a wireless router, bandwidth, technical or handy-work skill, and/or local organizing, just to name a few. It will take the support of many community members, so please bring your dedication to Columbia Heights with you.
- many applications we cannot yet imagine
Please join our Facebook event, so we can gauge the expected number of attendees. If you can’t attend the community meeting, but you are interested in supporting this project further with your time and skills or you want more information, provide your contact information below or email email@example.comPhoto from their blog. Hat tip to DC Bocce for alerting me to it.