[ptp-general] why i love 802.11 ... (fwd)

Mr. FoRK fork_list@hotmail.com
Thu, 9 Jan 2003 13:02:38 -0800

I'm not much of a thinker on the issue, but how are the trends similar to
the shift from railway to roadway - or to airway?
There were railroad tycoons - not railcar tycoons, but there were roadcar
tycoons and not roadway tycoons.
Is the WiFiWay going to be built incrementally & cheaply, reaching toward
pockets of markets like roads can be? As opposed to backbone built to last
in fixed locations, like rail lines? (I looked into traveling to Montana
rather than driving recently - but the line didn't pass through Missoula,
was at 15 hours, at midnight and cost more than a 1.5hr flight.)

I can see an network out in the open - radio-linked nodes providing
transport for packets - but when it eventually taps into landlines how are
those landlines paid for? If the operators don't get revenue, the lines will
fade and no longer be available. Or is the operation so cheap that there's
enough money floating around to pay for it?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom" <tomwhore@slack.net>
To: <fork@xent.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 12:37 PM
Subject: Re: [ptp-general] why i love 802.11 ... (fwd)

> This ties into fork's WifiHiway (and yes I hear the TMBG song when I read
> that as well)
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 12:33:17 -0800
> From: Robert <sauron@aracnet.com>
> Reply-To: general@lists.personaltelco.net
> To: general@lists.personaltelco.net
> Subject: Re: [ptp-general] why i love 802.11 ...
> Potential ubiquity built on an open standard.
> or a short story to highlight the point...
> Perhaps someday soon....
> "Honey what are you doing?" asked the mans wife.
> She watched as her husband pulled a small black box out of a drawer in
> garage workbench. There were several more stacked neatly inside.
> "There is a spot on I405 where I loose connection and my OPB morning
> cuts out. So I'm going to drop a relay there." said the man.
> "Oh, I know just the spot your talking about; just before the Burnside
> exit?" she said.
> The man smiled, "That's the one." Since my commute is so early I thought
> take care of it.
> later.
> The man didn't bother to pull over or even slow down. He'd already rolled
> down the window. Before taking off that morning he'd unscrewed a water
> seal on the box and thrown a DIP switch located beneath the seal. The box
> beeped once and moments later a green LED buried in the plastic turned on.
> The man nodded. Probably connected to his or his neighbors open network.
> Just before he got to the spot where he had encountered disconnection
> problems yesterday he simply drifted towards the roadside and tossed the
> black box up and over the top of the car. He looked out the passenger
> in time to see the box bounce once on the bark dust and stop. "Nice shot",
> thought the man. "Practice makes perfect." OPB came back on. "Good", the
> thought. "I won't have to get out and move it tomorrow."
> The car behind him tooted his horn, when the man looked back at the car
> behind him. He could see the guy behind him smiling and shaking a similar
> box. The other man tossed it over his shoulder into the back seat of his
> and shrugged. The only other car on the road at that hour.
> The man smiled, shrugged himself and returned his attention to the road.
> $3.00 piece almost anyone could afford to be an 802.11 philanthropist..
> Robert
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