Archive | February, 2003

Wireless Internet

News.com is running a weeklong series on Wi-Fi networking, with today’s first article on how cities are implementing wi-fi networks to entice people to be and work in their downtowns.

I’ve got wireless at home, and love it. I use a first generation Apple Airport that I bought used and I get good reception throughout my 1700 sq. ft. ranch home. As far as I know none of my neighbors have glommed on to my network, though, in general, I wouldn’t mind.

We’ve also got wireless at the Urbana IMC, which makes everyone’s life easier. The IMC is an Internet connection point for the growing local grassroots wireless network that not only connects people to the ‘net but also aims to create a city-wide wireless intranet interconnecting anyone on a node, perhaps allowing there to be rich streaming media utilizing several Mbps of bandwidth without expensive Internet bandwidth.

I haven’t yet installed net stumbler or gone war-driving to see what other access points might be around the Champaign-Urbana area, but I just might have to when the weather gets nicer.

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Catching Up On the Radio Show

OK, so there have been no publicly posted mediageek radio show updates since the new year. This is due both to recording problems at the radio station, digitizing problems at home and my desire to reorganize the radio show page to make it a little easier to navigate — so as not to have 2 years of shows all listed vertically down the page.

Unforunately, the end result is no updates for you, the on-line listener.

In the meantime, here are the two most recently and successfully recorded programs for your listening pleasure:

Jan. 11: Radio Free Urbana, interview with Mike Lehman who filed an application for a low-power FM station in Urbana, IL on the possibility that the license might come through in a recent revised re-application.

Jan. 24: Ownership Rules Review, reply comments period. Discussion of FCC Chairman Powell’s comments to the Columbia Law School’s forum on media ownership, and a review of what local media owners want.

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