This page is for research on Berkeley's historical and planned internet infrastructure and access statistics, active organizations tackling the digital divide, local ISPs that allow for sharing bandwidth in their Terms of Service, as well as community hubs, local businesses, and other potential locations for mesh nodes.
- City of Berkeley Broadband Infrastructure Report and Recommendations (June 2015): https://www.berkeleyside.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/2015-06-23-Item-11-Broadband-Infrastructure.pdf
The following is a curation of organizations addressing the digital divide in Berkeley:
Some ISPs allow sharing of Internet access and others do not. We provide node owners with a list of local ISPs that are known to allow sharing of Internet access and advise them that some ISPs may not allow sharing. The worst case scenario here is that one or more users get their Internet disconnected for terms of service violation.
The ISPs in the East Bay that allow Internet Connection sharing (that we know of) are:
+ = contact(s)
! = rooftop(s)
$ = interested in a space
Italics are relevant musings.
See also prospective node map
Resilient communication; internship opportunities; mentorship
- UC Berkeley
- Maybeck High School
Hooking up library catalogs would be rad... and libraries are the last bastion of nurturing public spaces.
- Talk to Ivan
Public wifi on the streets and in parks
- People's Park
Hyperlocal economies/sharing/barter/timebank; resilient communication tools; neighborhood watch; storytelling
Urban Farms & Community Gardens
Hook up sensors to be informed eg; if garden needs water, coordinate shifts, info on plant care, cropswap coordination...
Announcing special kinds of produce / advertising healthy local food and crafts/vendors
Organizations Working to End the Digital Divide
Free wifi attracts new people; community bulletin boards; local media streams
DIY instructables; Microcontroller projects; developing application; community media; community bulletin boards to promote classes and events; find tools / skilled people / projects
- Hacker Moms*!?
Local streams from community spaces that foster self-expression, art and politics; archives and zine library; radio podcasts;
- Berkeley Liberation Radio
By Donation-based gift economies and lending libraries; solidarity organizing; "craigslist free and de facto locally-relevant"
- The Long Haul*! - Infoshop.
- La Pena
Community events/gathering organizing; skill-sharing; documentation
- A PLACE for Sustainable Living*! - Permaculture mecca located at 1121 64th St in Oakland.
- Fort Awesome
- Fort Radical
Self-organizing and coordination tools; hyperlocal economies;
- Talk to landlords who own a fair number of properties.
- Find folks who might be interested in doing curriculum development for getting kids engaged in community media.
- How to remain the anti-Ingress? http://searchengineland.com/ingress-googles-ar-game-a-stealth-local-data-effort-175417
- More psychogeographic explorations of the urban landscape in which we live and move
- Housing projects?
- Put a post on NextDoor for each neighborhood - http://nextdoor.com
Maps of High Demand Areas
Map of the Backbone Fiber, Data Centers and Free Wifi in Oakland and Berkeley
Red Lines = Existing backbone fiber optic lines in the East Bay
Red Dots = Data Centers connected the the internet backbone (which can be used for future exit nodes)
Green Dots = Existing Relay Nodes with internet access
Blue Dots = Existing Mesh Nodes without internet access
Light Gray Dots = Locations with free wifi (which could become future relay nodes)
Dark Gray Dots = Locations that would benefit from free internet