Community Cellular Networks (CCN)

This article is more focused on this topic: Community Cellular Networks (CCN)

Here is the version from Oaxaca, first let me share the info of Peter Bloom from Rhizomática, who I think is a very smart guy and he is doing something innovative, interesting, sustainable, and empowering:

Peter Bloom is democratizing communication technologies by using a government-owned mobile frequency to guarantee communication rights in isolated communities. He employs an innovative technological model that is low cost, foments local economic development, and is regulated by the communities themselves. Peter is thus spearheading a movement for rural communities to own their own telecom services, within the limits of the law, in a sustainable way. Read more: http://mexico.ashoka.org/en/fellow/peter-bloom

Here are some sites about the radio frequency technology used in Oaxaca

Mexico sees its first open-source village cellphone network

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/09/16/mexico-sees-its-first-village-cellphone-network/2821643/

The Mexican village that got itself talking

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-24450542

http://rhizomatica.org/projects/community-basestation/

Here is an article about the first community using the CCN (Community cellular network) in Oaxaca; Santa Maria Yaviche Oaxaca and Talea de Castro: http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1320012&amp

Great article explaining how CCN (Community Cellular networks) Works:

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/~kheimerl/pubs/gsmws_dyspann14.pdf

(Although the total capital costs for these networks (<US$10,000))

So, GlobalComercio.com is to promote CCN in English and TelefoniaWeb.com in Spanish :-)

This is an article about the CCN from Indonesia operating their own CCN:

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/02/cellulars-open-source-future-is-latched-to-tallest-tree-in-the-village/2/

The project in Oaxaca was financed mostly by the community and a little part from indigogo donations: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/community-cell-phone

And on the way, I found this interesting organization: Ashoka Vision and Mission
Vision:

To advance an Everyone a Changemaker world, where anyone can apply the skills of changemaking to solve complex social problems.

Mission:

To support social entrepreneurs who are leading and collaborating with changemakers, in a team of teams model that addresses the fluidity of a rapidly evolving society. Ashoka believes that anyone can learn and apply the critical skills of empathy, team work, leadership and changemaking to be successful in the modern world.

https://www.ashoka.org/visionmission

Related, but for profit :-(
This link below seems to be something similar like the one in Oaxaca where communities own their own cell phone network using radiofrequency and open source software, except this one from Brooklyn is more expensive, and the one in Oaxaca is just 1.5 dollars for a monthly fee. (because this from Brooklyn is from a profit startup company, and the one from Oaxaca is a Nonprofit, and community based)

http://www.cnet.com/news/gotenna-creates-cell-network-out-of-thin-air-anywhere-on-earth/

Visiting New Orleans

1. THE SYDNEY AND WALDA BESTHOFF SCULPTURE GARDEN AT NOMA

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden occupies approximately five acres in City Park adjacent to the museum. Atypical of most sculpture gardens, this garden is located within a mature existing landscape of pines, magnolias and live oaks. The garden design creates outdoor viewing spaces within this picturesque landscape. A reconfigured lagoon bisects the site and creates two distinct halves: a mature pine and magnolia grove adjacent to the museum, and a more open area of 200-year-old, Spanish moss-laden live oaks across the lagoon near the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. The Sculpture Garden has grown from its inception in 2003 to include 64 sculptures, most of them donated to NOMA by the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation.

Sculpture Garden Hours
Monday – Friday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Memorial Day | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Open seven days a week with free admission; closed all legal holidays.

http://noma.org/pages/detail/28/The-Sydney-and-Walda-Besthoff-Sculpture-Garden

2. The New Orleans Jazz NHP hosts live educational performances most days of the week at the Old U.S. Mint and
French Market location at 916 N. Peters Street.

http://www.nps.gov/jazz/planyourvisit/events.htm

3. http://www.aviewoncities.com/neworleans.htm