Originally conceived in 2012, NeighborSQUAD is being brought back in 2018 and 2019 to address concerns raised by the FCC vote rolling back Net Neutrality. Our initial focus is on creating training materials to help groups like NYCmesh to scale. Watch the video that explains how NYCmesh is growing.
Control of Internet access has become increasingly controlled by Comcast, Time Warner (Spectrum), Verizon and AT&T. Under their monopolistic practices the US has dropped from #1 in high speed Internet access to to bottom of the list of industrialized nations around the world. As such, NeighborSQUAD seeks to restore the Internet to it’s original mission, which was to help people connect.
Our approach to defending an Open Internet starts with educating people about the basics of how and why the Internet should be the sidewalks supported by a community to enable people to interact with each other.
The federal government and municipalities need to support the construction and maintenance of the Internet Backbone and enable the existence of IX points (Internet Exchange). The digital divide, with its failure to meets the needs of large swaths of the underserved public, even in places like NYC may turn out to be best served by local community owned networks to offer “last mile” connectivity to households and businesses alike. Thus, the mission of NeighborSQUAD is to provide the help and training needed by community owned networks. NYCmesh is a prime example of how community owned networks can be established for costs much lower than existing ISPs. In addition, by separating the power of controlling the pipe from the power of those who own content (e.g. Comcast owns NBS Universal), we stop incumbent ISPs from using their controls over access to inhibit innovation from competitors with their business model.
November 2018 State of the Mesh meeting
Of particular interest is the focus on hubs especially when considering bringing the Mesh into an apartment building.