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WiFi Comes to Roxbury
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 09/20/2007 - 21:07.
We're close enough to our move in to 1894 Roxbury, in East Cleveland, that we have had our DSL service switched over from Ohio City to East Cleveland. Whereas on Clinton, at W. 45th Street, there were several WiFi signals in the air, my new POP on Roxbury is the only signal in the digital darkness of this corner of East Cleveland.
I've discussed with several of my neighbors that a few of us can each get DSL and offer WiFi from our homes and effectively cover the street with a few access points like mine, offering WiFi to everyone on the street for a total of under $100 per month. As there are probably over 20 homes on this street, the cost per home would be $5. But our signal would cover the blocks to the East and West, and at the end on Forest Hill, adding 40 or more additional homes to the cloud, which could reduce costs per home to a few dollars per month. Even if only 25% of households agree to pay and pay, the cost per household would still only be around $5/month. That is a doable strategy for taking East Cleveland WiFi, which we are now pursuing.