1. The model sounds similar to Solar Energy, where your excess is sold back the energy companies to foster the grid. Effectively you are paid to supply energy & become a provider too.

    if I’ve completely got this wrong, cos just had nice bottle of pinot & avoiding talking to family by reading blogs, then delete or gently point out my idiocy. cheers, *hic*

  2. How’s the head this morning, poppet?

    The model is similiar – consumer becomes prosumer – although perhaps not quite transparent enough for pure web 2.0 attribution.

    What web 2.0 does, is allow granular information. WHO is walking past the house and using the internet? WHICH house is supplying the connection?

    My observation is that Web 1.0 was about transactions between Host and Member. One-to one transactions and one-to- many communications.

    Web 2.0 is the host enabling communication/transactions between members, building trust and reputation between the customers who are also suppliers. Few-to-few or many-to-many communications.

  3. Hi Laurel,
    Catching up on my back reading since being offline with the move last week and came across your FON post.

    3 points to make;
    1/ Time Warner here in New York also has the same partnership with FON.

    2/ In Australia there are already very strong community wifi networks already in place in both Sydney and Melbourne; start at Duanes nodedb site for more http://www.sydneywireless.com/

    3/ Although the telephony model wont support it in Australia you should also check out Ooma that launched here in the USA.

    The basic concept is I plug an Ooma box into my router and connect it to my local phone line.

    When you in LA want to make a call from LA to NY, it uses the internet to find my box and then makes an uncharged local call to the NY number you dialed.

    Yes it’s costing me bandwidth but because local calls in the USA are zero tarrifed it doesn’t cost me for you to make that call.
    (you can see why this wouldn’t work in Australia)

    The great part about it is through the peer to peer nature I should eventually be able to make free calls to any city in the USA.

    Will be interesting to see if it survives or not – I have a bet outstanding there with one of the leading voip industry consultants you can read about here


    Dean Collins

  4. Oh I wouldn’t call them strong – more like dead – read more on sydneywireless. There was another one called EasternSuburbs that I googled but they seemed hard to find out about, too.

    We need you here, back from NY to get us up and running. 🙂

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