Grassroots WiFi Network Provides Internet Access To Remote Brooklyn Neighborhood

Grassroots WiFi Network Provides Internet Access To Remote Brooklyn Neighborhood
technology

Brooklynites' wireless mesh network will provide internet access to Red Hook locals in case of natural disasters.

Sara Boboltz
  • 15 october 2013

A young group of Brooklynites has been charged with an unusual mission: build a neighborhood-wide wi-fi network.

The idea is that a community wireless network in Red Hook, Brooklyn, can help bridge the digital divide in a neighborhood where internet is primarily accessed via smartphone and provide a communications lifeline in case of natural disaster, such as last year’s Hurricane Sandy. Red Hook is at a particular disadvantage when it comes to hurricanes, being in close proximity to the water.

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