At the end of 2013, the inhabitants of the island of Orcas tired. Their broadband provided by CenturyLink, was slow and prone to outages that lasted several days at a time. Thus, they clubbed together and decided to build their own ISP.
Now that homegrown network serves 50 homes on the island, it does not cover the monthly data and increase capacity as much reliability. Ars Technica wrote to John Brodkin fantastic breakdown of how they did it happen .
Islanders have used radio, scattered all over the island to spread the compound, with some even hung in trees. Google Earth and wireless drones have been used to identify ways in which signals can travel, and a central tower water is used as the point of connection to the mainland.
The total cost was about $ 25,000 funded by one anonymous resident who gave it as a free loan for three years. Residents pay $ 150 to become a member, and then $ 75 a month for maintenance -. That goes to pay off that loan, and the cost of bandwidth
There have been several issues with people hogging bandwidth, but in most cases that can be solved simply chatting on troublemaker, who are often unaware that they are causing a problem.
“We keep track of all the connections, and if someone is using a lot of traffic for a long period of time, we talk to them and find out what they are doing,” said Chris Sutton, who founded scheme.
He added that other people asked him to create a network for them. He refused, but offered to teach them how to do it. “I think, based on corporate America to come to save us just is not going to happen,” he said, “but if we are all together and share their resources, communities can do it yourself and be more stable.”
You can find full information about your network and how it was built over at Ars Technica.
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