The recent emergence of freenetworks co-incided with the arrival of a low cost license exempt wireless radio networking technology. Both the technical characteristics and the regulatory framework of this technology made it uniquely suitable for community networking.
Consume.net was one of the earliest network communities in Europe that embraced wireless. We trace its birth, growth, development achievements and impact.
As the number of freenetworks around the world grows can the movement go beyond the wireless local area to build a sustainable network future?
A new initiative 'The PicoPeering Agreement' aims to provide the basis for a wider spread user owned network infrastructure.
||Priest is co-founder of consume.net UK's first wireless network community. Working within the informal research framework (http://informal.org.uk) on social aspects of wireless technology for the developed and developing world, he is currently working with a group to develop "the picopeering agreement".