I'd like to welcome everyone to the brand new Broadlands Forums. Although it's just starting out, these forums will grow with new subject areas. The Community Broadband forum is made for all members. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about bringing broadband to the Broadlands feel free to post them here. Now that we have that out of the way, I'll introduce myself. My name is John Horner. I'm on the Broadlands Web Committee and am helping with leading the effort to bring high speed internet access to our community. I'll try and answer a few of the most common questions that I think will come up: -When will wireless be available? --Honestly if we knew we would tell everyone, but right now we're still working out many issues with the local service providers. We're hoping beta testing will begin in March. -Can I be a beta tester? Or host an access point on my house? --We hope so! Once we get near to beta testing or selecting locations for access points, we will definately be looking for volunteers. But for now -- please don't email us asking to be a beta tester. don't worry, it will be posted. And no, being a beta tester does not mean you get free access. -So whats taking so long? --It's a little more confusing (ok a lot more) than one would think. Surveys have to be done, contracts written, etc etc. -What ISP have we selected? What equipment will we use? What will their backbone be? --Right now we really can't answer these questions, as were still working out a lot of different details. Once we have more solid information, we will share it here. -Can I join the Web Committee and help out? --Sure can! We meet every second tuesday of the month at the communnity center (next meeting as of this posting is on Tuesday, Feb 12 at 7:00pm.) But be warned, we have an aweful lot of work to do! (hint hint new volunteer) -------------- Got Broadband?