Share Wi-Fi Internet Access in Rincon Hill with FON
|March 2, 2008||Posted by jamie under Activism|
While reading the Bay Area Reporter a few weeks ago, I was very interested in an initiative to set up wi-fi Internet access in The Castro at a grassroots, one neighbor at a time level using a router sold by FON, the world’s largest wi-fi community. Like some of you, I was a little disappointed when the Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) folks got in the way of allowing Google and Earthlink to set up free citywide Wi-Fi Internet access.
FON presents an easy alternative that allows us to share our Internet connections wirelessly and to receive free access to others’ Fonera Wi-Fi access points around town and around the world in return. If you’d like, there’s an option to make a buck from sharing your access – but I would discourage it in the name of minimizing barriers for the free flow of info.
I just received and set up my Fonera Wi-Fi router last night. It was very easy to set up, and it seems to be working fine inside my unit. If you happen to be at Baycrest or wandering near Main and Harrison streets with a Wi-Fi device at hand, please take a moment to search for the FON_AP wireless network. I believe it would be very helpful to cover our neighborhood with these access points. I believe I can send an e-mail to 20 folks that provides a steep discount to the regular price for a Fonera Wi-Fi router. Please e-mail me your Rincon Hill-located mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can verify you’re a neighbor, and I will then send you one of those 20 invites to join Fonera. Of course, you can just go to the www.FON.com/en web site and order a router to be done with it too. 🙂
Enjoy the entertaining local commercials FON made for the “Share the Castro” promotion in the embedded video clip below.