Issue No.04 - July/August (2008 vol.12)
Sara Bury , Lancaster University
Johnathan Ishmael , Lancaster University
Nicholas Race , Lancaster University
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MIC.2008.76
Inadequate Internet access in rural areas is widening the digital divide between town and country; this both degrades social communication and rural business advancements. Technologies such as wireless mesh networking provide an excellent framework for delivering broadband services to deeply rural locations that lack adequate Internet service infrastructure. Lancaster University deployed a wireless mesh network in the rural English village of Wray. In this article, the authors describe the technical and social experiences and lessons learned. They also outline the original system design, describe the active technical implementation, and analyze the network's real-world performance. Finally, they discuss the social and cultural implications of deploying this technology in the heart of a local community.
community wireless mesh network, ad hoc networks, network management, mesh networking
Sara Bury, Johnathan Ishmael, Nicholas Race, "Deploying Rural Community Wireless Mesh Networks", IEEE Internet Computing, vol.12, no. 4, pp. 22-29, July/August 2008, doi:10.1109/MIC.2008.76