Special Event — Wireless, Wimax & Mobile 2008 and Beyond: The future of Communications

Bill Sobel, founder of NY:MIEG (New York: Media Information Exchange Group), has organized a very exciting and informative event on looking at where we are and where we are going with wireless communications technologies. The event, Wireless, Wimax, Mobile and Beyond: A Look at the Future of Communications, will take place on January 17 at SobelMedia World Headquarters, 4 West 43rd Street/Main Ballroom (West of 5th Avenue).

Event Website
Registration Required ($30 for NY:MIEG members, $50 for non-members)

Both I and Laura Forlano will be on the panel at the breakfast, along with Eric Bader, formerly the top digital executive at MediaVest, and Ari Zoldan, CEO and Founder of Launch 3 Communications, and will be moderated by Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Students at the Columbia School of Journalism.

NeedyNets un-wires it's 250th apartment

The NYCwireless NeedyNets program is proud to announce the completion of it’s 4th community wireless network in a Community Access affordable housing facility. 20 volunteers headed up to Davidson Avenue in the Bronx to complete the final phase of the project on December 7th. Residents when they move in will be greeted by a state of the art wireless network that provides free Internet access to all apartments, offices and common areas. Cisco was a key sponsor for this install providing 15 volunteers and equipment. Additional thanks to volunteers from Morgan Stanley and the generous support of Dunn Development. Click here and here for more info.

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International Summit for Community Wireless Networks 2008 — Washington, DC.

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The New America Foundation, CUWiN Foundation, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program, and the Acorn Active Media Foundation will be hosting the annual International Summit for Community Wireless Networks in Washington, DC on May 28-30, 2008. More information will be forthcoming at wirelesssummit.org in coming weeks.

Hosted by the world’s largest general scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), this year’s summit will continue its tradition of featuring wireless leaders, innovators, activists, and community networking visionaries from around the globe. “With large-scale network implementations demonstrating the viability of open source wireless technologies, and corporate franchise business model faltering, the movement is at a critical juncture in its development” states Sascha Meinrath, Summit Director. “This year’s International Summit for Community Wireless Networks will explore issues of global integration and local control over these vital communications media.”

Additional summit topics include:

  • The role of community wireless networks in supporting human rights
  • The current state of US and international telecommunications policies
  • Exploration of state-of-the-art FOSS wireless technologies
  • Social networking and other WLAN services and applications
  • Community wireless updates from Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia
  • White space devices, “device as infrastructure” networks, & disruptive tech
  • Legal issues in community wireless networking
  • Alternative business models and sustainable networking