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Mar 12

Dingell, Downriver & Wireless

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Yesterday was the Downriver Community Conference. To be honest, this may have been the prelude to the conference. Regardless, Wireless Ypsi was asked to come and give a presentation on what we’ve done here at home with respect to our free, broadband network that’s spreading throughout the area. Wireless Oakland, the County-wide initiative to provide wireless service in Oakland County, spoke at a previous meeting.

After speaking to them for more than two hours, Dearborn, Lincoln Park, and Trenton have decided to investigate deploying pilot Meraki networks like the one currently being implemented in Ypsilanti. They will all be local networks with local names that will ultimately be linked together under the regional moniker, Wireless Downriver.

(The City of Dearborn also thought Ypsi Crime was kick-ass too, and they are interested in doing something exactly like it.)

This was all done as the result of an introduction by Rep. John Dingell’s District Administrator, Jeff Donofrio.

This suddenly begs the questions:

Why don’t we have a Washtenaw Community Conference? And when is someone from Rep. Dingell’s Ypsilanti office going to set up something like the DWCC discussion on wireless for the northwestern end of the fightin’ 15th District?

Seriously. I know there are big fans of the blog located at 301 West Michigan Avenue. What would be cooler than our very own US Representative joining the Wireless Ypsi family and providing bandwidth so that we could blanket the parking lot in the Key Bank building allowing the Downtown Farmer’s Market vendors to do wireless credit card transactions?

THAT’S inter-governmental cooperation.

Okay, Wireless Ypsi isn’t a governmentally funded project, but you get the point.

Call me. Do it now.

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