Wireless Network Deployment

VISTA Name: 
Matthew Isaacs
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Project Description: 

CUWiN develops and deploys wireless networks across the US, focusing on areas that are either priced out of the broadband Internet market or areas that telecomm incumbents won’t connect. The VISTA will work closely with the CUWin core staff to facilitate the growth of the CUWiN project.

- Identify ideal node locations. Install and troubleshoot network nodes in Champaign and Urbana
- Provide technical support to local residents and partners to maintain the local wireless network
- Participate in solving problems within CUWiN networks nationwide.
- Help update and maintain
- Answer questions on the support list

Project Outcome: 

Matt Isaacs has been a remarkably productive member of the CUWiN team. His development work has included numerous upgrades to CUWiNware (e.g. porting uDHCP, adding nightly builds and an automatic upgrade script, as well as a firmware builder web-application). He has been actively involved in system administration of the Tribal Digital Village network and has worked closely win CUWiN’s Chief Engineer

Outreach Coordinator and Wireless Network Installation

VISTA Name: 
Ross Musselman
Program Start: 
Program End: 
Project Description: 

Ross worked with CUWin developers and community members to implement CUWin software by setting up wireless access points. Ross also worked closely with the CUWiN core staff to build sustainability and growth with the project.

Project Outcome: 

Ross was required to wear many hats during his work with CUWin. On the technical and external side Ross work closely with CUWiN developers and local activists to implement CUWiN software in our domestic network sites—setting up wireless access points in areas that community members had identified as key sites. He helped install and troubleshoot network nodes in Champaign and Urbana and develop manuals and instructions in order to provide technical support to local residents and partners to help maintain the local wireless network. Internally, Ross worked closely with the CUWiN core staff to facilitate the growth of the CUWiN project. This showed itself in our growth and the development of our leadership and advisories boards and the partners we have developed.

Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network

Bastrop, TX

MAIN is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish and operate efficiently a community-access computer network. The purpose of this network is information sharing and communication among the people and governmental, educational, commercial, cultural, religious, and civic organizations, in order to enhance lives and make the best use of community resources.

MAIN is a non-profit corporation registered with the State of Texas, with filed formal Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. It has received 501(c)(3) non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service.

Davis Community Network

Davis, CA

Davis Community Network is a nonprofit organization that provides internet-related services and support to local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, schools and individuals. We’re putting the power of the internet in the hands of people and organizations to connect, engage, and build a stronger community.

DCN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and community service organization, founded in 1993. DCN is dedicated to helping local people take advantage of and benefit from the new information and communication technologies and services associated with the Internet and media convergence.

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