In Brief

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

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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