Community Wireless in the UK

by Bruce Stewart

Related link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/in_depth/sci_tech/2000/dot_life/newsid_1878000/…



BBC News is reporting on the rise of community wireless networks in the UK, and a 400-node London-based network called Consume. Consume's founder James Stevens started the community wireless network when local laws prevented him from sharing a wired high-bandwidth connection by stringing a cable across a street.



"We found that there was indeed the potential for wide adoption and easy utilisation of the 11 megabits per second wireless kit for freenetworking," he said. "That's 'free' as in speech."