Introduction to Social and Economic Effects of Community Wireless Networks

Introduction to Social and Economic Effects of Community Wireless Networks

Abdelnasser Abdelaal (Ibri College of Applied Sciences, Oman)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2997-4.ch001


This chapter provides an overview of the topic of community wireless networks and infrastructures. In particular, it compares community wireless networks to municipal and commercial wireless networks. It also provides a brief account of the social and economic benefits of CWNs.
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By itself Internet cannot feed the poor, defend the oppressed, or protect those subject to natural disasters, but by keeping us informed, it can allow those of us who have the opportunity to give whatever help we can. The Dalai Lama


Community Wireless Networks And Infrastructures

The digital revolution has reached a tipping point after the deregulation of the 2.4 GHz spectrum in many countries. Opening this spectrum for the public provides individuals, private companies, non-profit organizations, and public entities the opportunity to build their own wireless networks using Wi-Fi standards. The following section discusses the main types of wireless networks that have evolved depending on the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

Private Wireless Networks

The most dominant type of wireless networks is the private Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) owned by individuals and not shared with their neighbors. These networks do not have a strong societal or community factors, as they are not shared with others.

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