Yes, I would like that, and be willing to help.
I have been in communication with the people at
(Portland, OR)
about this very idea.
My public access point is listed on their node map.

----- Original Message -----
From: "steve ulrich" <sulrich at>
To: <tcwug-list at>
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2002 11:17 AM
Subject: [TCWUG] interest in an actual community wireless network?

> all-
> i joined this mailing list a couple of weeks ago and i just recently
> finished catching up on the mailing list archives.  from some of the
> discussions that took place a couple of months ago there was some interest
> in creating a real community wireless network but nothing (or so it would
> seem from the archives) was really done about it.
> i've had several opportunities to use the seattle wireless networks and
> several in the bay area as well as the guerrilla network in the boston
> area and i'm quite disappointed that there isn't anything equivalent in
> the twin cities area.
> since building really big service provider networks is what i do for a
> living. i figured if i'm disappointed in this i should really do something
> about it.
> is there a populace amongst the list that would be interested in meeting
> and coordinating the deployment (albeit i'm sure quite limited at this
> time?) of such a network?  i'm in the process of setting up a public
> access point in my neighborhood (NE minneapolis) once my omnis show up.
> i've been hacking on the NoCatAuth stuff ( to talk to
> real routers (cisco) for the traffic shaping and such.  since this seems
> to be the most promising mode of community authentication i would be quite
> willing to host an authetication server for local authentication and
> integration with other WCNs.
> any takers? any interest in setting up a face to face meeting for
> interested parties? there are a plethora of network design and
> administration issues which would need to be addressed in deploying this
> on any scale. i understand that the dunn bros. in st. paul has wireless
> access and that it will be forthcoming at a few other locations.  if there
> is considerable interest in a whiteboard session i can likely host a
> meeting a class/meeting room at work with a whiteboard. (sorry - no public
> wireless access).
> --
> steve ulrich                       sulrich at
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