Thursday, April 19, 2007

Little Tokyo Unplugged

There was a "wire cutting" today. We launched a community project called "Little Tokyo Unplugged" to provide free wireless (WiFi) Internet access in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles. The project was in a "testing" phase for the past couple years, but now it's "official".

So if you visit Little Tokyo, make sure to bring your wireless-enabled laptop computer or device, and look for the SSID "Little Tokyo Unplugged". When you open your web browser, you'll be redirected to a website with Little Tokyo information. One hope for this project is to aid community development by connecting visitors and residents to local information.

Unfortunately, I was recovering from a bad cold/flu today, so I wasn't able to attend the festivities (but my co-workers say that everything went very well). It was a busy week for the LTSC tech team, as we were performing some last minute network troubleshooting, configuration changes, and deploying wireless mesh nodes on rooftops around Little Tokyo. I'm glad we were able to pull it off.

By the way, if you have problems with the WiFi access, please don't complain to me, but good feedback is appreciated. Keep in mind that the service is "free" (and you're getting more than what you're paying for :-) ). More information about this project (and if you wish to get involved) is at this website. There's a Little Tokyo wireless community advisory committee if you wish to be involved.

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At Thursday, April 19, 2007, Blogger False Data said...


For people who might be interested in starting our own free wifi networks, is there any chance the Little Tokyo Unplugged info page could include the details of how it came to be, how it gets paid for, and so on?


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