Tag Archives: Public utility

A Quick Way to Build a Wireless Network

A Quick Way to Build a Wireless Network
Called a mesh network, the technology lets users connect directly to each other rather than through a central hub. For the citizens of Sayada, that means they can create a community network free from government surveillance or interference. For residents of Red Hook, the local mesh network helps them stay connected during power outages. Of course, mesh networks aren’t new. They’ve been operating in Europe for years. They are, however, ... Read more

The Internet as a Publicly-Provided Utility?

The Internet as a Publicly-Provided Utility?
Susan Crawford, Former Special Assistant to President Obama on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, talks to Ezra Klein about how the internet is too important to be left to the private market. Ezra: Why do we need a public option for internet access? Susan: We need a public option for internet access because internet access is just like electricity or a road grid. This is something that the private market doesn't provide left to its ... Read more