State of the Mesh for November, 2017

December 4, 2017

Don't call it a comeback.

 

2017: Meta Mesh's Year of Progress

 

We're back! We didn't send out an update last month because we were knee-deep in moving part of our office to a new location. We're still officially at WorkHardPGH, and we keep a lot of equipment there, but day-to-day operations have moved. Sorry about keeping you out of the loop- but we were super busy!

 

Headlines:

 

Application to PGHLAB

Now that we have earned some funding from the Hillman Family Foundations, it's time that we start trying to do more than just put up a few tiny hotspots. If you have read our previous updates, you know we're building out the PittMesh Backhaul Network.

We have applied to PGHLAB, a program that allows startups to work with the City to deploy and test new ideas, and will know by the end of the month if we have been selected to work with them.

We have approached a non-profit in the city that serves thousands of people who need Internet access and are working with them to identify key areas where free Internet access can impact the lives of the people they serve. If selected to participate in PGHLAB, we will benefit by being much more well-connected with City resources and will be able to gain access to locations with incredible lines of sight to large swathes of the City and its surrounding neighborhoods.

By having multiple locations for the PittMesh Backhaul Network, we can more easily target areas that need connectivity and supply bandwidth to them at a very low cost or at no cost at all.

If all goes well, you'll hear more about this project next month.

 

The City-wide PittMesh Backhaul Network:

Let's go back! Remember a few months ago when we said we had some interest from people interested in donating their roof-space to build our PittMesh Backhaul network? We started with these images showing where we could install:

And then the next month we improved it to this:

We've gone a step further and now installation is imminent on the first major link from our gateway. But what can be seen from this location? Well check out our predictive model for what areas we can serve:

All that the green touches is our kingdom, Simba. Once we install our first PittMesh Backhaul Node relay, we can directly beam bandwidth to any of the above locations which can, in turn, beam bandwidth down into the neighborhoods those green blobs are near. As you can see, we can reach deep into the East End as well as all the way to Millvale.

With a few more locations we will be able to turn the entire town green. If you own or know of a property that is in one of these areas and you would like to donate roof space for our mission of bridging the Digital Divide in Pittsburgh, let us know.

 

A New High Score!


We're so excited to announce that PittMesh has officially set a new simultaneous usage number! On December second at 3:47pm, there were a total of SEVENTY-FOUR simultaneous users on the PittMesh Community Wireless Network! Every day at around three to four in the afternoon we see a bump in usage. This is likely due to schoolchildren coming home from classes and doing homework.

Below is a snapshot of the moment we finally got above seventy simultaneous users.

 

Success Indicators:

Below are the latest usage indicators for PittMesh.

 

 

How you can help Meta Mesh this month:

 

It's the holidays! Sent us a Christmas present!

Head on over to www.metamesh.org and make your tax-deductible donation.

You can also send us Bitcoin at our address: 
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