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1 Wireless Commons and Innovation François Bar Annenberg School for Communication University of Southern California cc attribution 2.0 "In the past two years another wireless system has been gradually developing, a system that has far outstripped all others in size and popularity It is estimated that throughout the United States over four thousand amateur wireless telegraph stations are in active operation" Robert Morton in Outlook 94: p. 131 (Jan. 15, 1910) 1

2 1. Cordless Ethernet: 60,000,000 devices worldwide 2

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4 Photo credit: Hope Hall Lakeview Photo credit: Hope Hall 4

5 Lakeview, May/June 2004: 899 nodes Mapping: Christian Sandvig, UIUC Lakeview, December 2004: 1407 nodes Mapping: Christian Sandvig, UIUC 5

6 Humbolt Park Photo credit: Hope Hall Humbolt Park, June 2004: 39 nodes Mapping: Christian Sandvig, UIUC 6

7 Humbolt Park, December 2004: 133 nodes Mapping: Christian Sandvig, UIUC South Los Angeles Photo credit: Hope Hall 7

8 South Los Angeles, February 2005: 282 nodes Mapping: Christian Sandvig, UIUC and Francois Bar, USC 2. Commercial Hotspots World-wide TOTAL 59,680 United States United Kingdom Germany France Japan Switzerland Italy Spain Canada Australia Euro-5 23,891 9,601 5,729 3,240 2,263 1,307 1,268 1,071 1, ,909 Source: Intel, 3/1/05 8

9 6766 International Locations 5378 US Locations Borders, Kinko s, Starbucks, Airports 9

10 Consolidators 10,245 locations worldwide 3,348 in the US 4,264 in the UK 15,000 locations worldwide 20,000 locations worldwide 3. Community Wireless Networks 10

11 Bryant Park, New York Daknet - First Mile Solutions 11

12 Telecentro Cultural Comunitário da Reserva Extrativista Tapajós-Arapiuns 12

13 Photo credit: Hope Hall 13

14 Photo credit: Hope Hall Photo credit: Hope Hall 14

15 Photo credit: Hope Hall Photo credit: Hope Hall 15

16 Photo credit: Hope Hall 4. Wireless Internet Service Providers "Top 10" Wireless Internet Service Providers Headquarters Wireless ISP Subscribers Communities served Omaha, NE SpeedNet Services, Inc. 7, Prescott Valley, AZ CommSpeed 4,579 - W. Des Moines, IA Prairie inet 4, Amarillo, TX AMA TechTel 4,000 - Communications Erie, CO Mesa Netw orks 3,000 - Moscow, ID FirstStep Internet 2, Lubbock, TX Blue Moon Solutions 2,000 - Owensboro, KY Owensboro Municipal 1,550 - Utilities Orem, UT Digis Networks 1,516 - Evergreen, CO wispertel 1, Source: B roadband Wireless M agazine (at as of 2/23/05) and company data 16

17 "Top 10" Wireless Internet Service Providers Headquarters Wireless ISP Subscribers Communities served Omaha, NE SpeedNet Services, Inc. 7, Prescott Valley, AZ CommSpeed 4,579 - W. Des Moines, IA Prairie inet 4, Amarillo, TX AMA TechTel 4,000 - Communications Erie, CO Mesa Networks 3,000 - Moscow, ID FirstStep Internet 2, Lubbock, TX Blue Moon Solutions 2,000 - Owensboro, KY Owensboro Municipal 1,550 - Utilities Orem, UT Digis Networks 1,516 - Evergreen, CO wispertel 1, Source: Broadband Wireless M agazine (at as of 2/23/05) and company data Prairie Inet Photo credit: Hope Hall 17

18 Photo credit: Hope Hall Photo credit: Hope Hall 18

19 Sidney, IL, May/June 2004: 47 nodes Mapping: Christian Sandvig, UIUC 5. Municipal Networks 80 cities in June 2004 Many in the planning stages 19

20 Municipal Networks: Long Beach Chaska.net City-owned ISP Low-cost residential broadband service Public safety use Public works use Fully installed and operational Sixteen square mile coverage area 7,500 homes passed 1,500 subscribers signed (20% penetration) before network went live Source: Tropos Networks 20

21 San Mateo Police Department Coverage in downtown and along major thoroughfare Wi-Fi enabled laptops in patrol cars Access to LAWNET, a county- wide law enforcement Intranet Amber Alert Information Sex Offender Database CA Gang Database DMV records, with high resolution photos In-field photo lineups Source: Tropos Networks City of Philadelphia Downtown hot zone for free public Internet access City exploring possibilty of covering entire metro area Source: Tropos Networks 21

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23 Cordless Ethernet Homes & Campuses Public Hotspot Networks Cafes, Airports, Truckstops Community Networks Parks, Mountain-tops, remote areas Wireless ISPs Rural areas Municipal Networks Downtowns Ad-hoc Mesh Networks Wherever there are enough devices Licensing regimes Source : Isabel Neto 23

24 Source : Isabel Neto Bottom-up Communication Infrastructure Using unlicensed spectrum commons Rapid growth Decentralized infrastructure investment Multiple owners, multiple control patterns Unexpected innovation 24

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