Meet the People Building Their Own Internet in Detroit – Detroit Video



When it comes to the internet, our connections are generally controlled by telecom companies. But a group of people in Detroit is trying to change that. Motherboard met with the members of the Equitable Internet Initiative (EII), a group that is building their own wireless networks from the ground up in order to provide affordable and high-speed internet to prevent the creation of a digital class system.

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  1. Did i hear her say that theres fiber cables running down the ocean floor to the other side of the world?

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  2. Where there is a problem, there is opportunity.

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  3. Yeah, we did that 15 years ago in Czech Rep. with better quality and we're still running those networks all over country.

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  4. I work for a Network Company and I'd like to help you guys out. How can I help you guys.

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  5. good to see. public networking is security of free communication even if sniffed spoofed arp/ip/mac latency or spectrum crowded. i'm impressed! Also Mesh networking with more nodes and less line of sight would be interesting to investigate for the 'final mile' as it's called rurally. mesh networking must exist in some way i imagined in decadces ago i shouljd researvh that, go go gadget youtube

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  6. They are doing a good thing. But they need to dress those cables and secure them from damage.

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  7. But for real, what's up with that Asian chick in the purple shirt. Damn girl 😍

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  8. They're dead right about the need for communities to counter the use of tech to create class divides. What used to be a thing in cyberpunk novels is now actually happening, cool.

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  9. I salute the intent and action.

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  10. at 6:00 how did the dog get on the roof?

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  11. As a Michigander myself, this video is very inspiring. I have family in the Detroit area and seeing the city fall apart and neglected over the years, and then seeing the people band together from the ashes as a community to support the common good is nothing but heartwarming. These people are more than just your average good-samaritans, they’re heroes.

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  12. What does "priced out of my neighborhood…" mean?

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  13. What you can do with 100Mbp/s vs 10Mbp/s is functionally the same. You can pay bills, read news, do homework, etc…Paying customers get faster internet to watch movies, play games, etc.. "Because of high foreclosure rates, because of bad credit…a lot of telecom companies don't offer good service." Do you mean to tell me that a company doesn't want to install/operate a network that it knows it wont be paid for? That is so weird. When I was younger and poorer I walked my ass to the library, sat outside Starbucks or McDonalds. Good on you for taking action and making something for yourself but don't pretend like it's owed to you.

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  14. Bitch I get 2 mbps on a good day

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  15. Would love it if these guys can teach us in the Philippines how to get our own decentralized Internet

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  16. WOW can’t believe that situation in a US state could be bad then states in India 🇮🇳

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  17. This is pretty cool. If the economy crumbles and the big companies go under, I bet this group and others like them will be well established. God bless every one of them! Nice!

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  18. Didn't mind the stuff until they brought in their bullshit social justice warrior crap.

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  19. This is more like a MAN (Metropolitan area network), they still require an ISP (Internet Service Provider). Wifi is a lot more expensive for installation and maintenance if you want to provide good speeds

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  20. AMAZING WHAT COMMUNITIES CAN DO…..INCREDIBLY BETTER THAN THE GOVERNMENT.

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  21. I was all about it, till the director started to go full victim and saying that "Being a woman of color….", I'm like wtf does that have to do with anything? Why make this a race issue and try to divide, this is a humanitarian crisis.

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  22. its a good idea but internet is the least of Detroit problem. if you want a good infrastructure then you need to ask, why did Detroit go from a booming industrial hub to a 3 world country war zone. lets put it this way, how many people are gonna be shot for all that equipment your putting up then sold for drugs? so far this year over thousand people have bin shot for things lot less valuable in that city. 2 years ago over three thousand people shot, half of which for no real reason. which is actually typical for high democratic voting city's and high anti gun laws. take away responsible gun owners guns and murder rate by guns sky rocket. then those responsible people move to where they can have guns, leaving behind only criminals and poor bastards who cant afford to move who are then victimized by criminals with guns. lets put our thinking caps on people.

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  23. Mother Cyborg? I thought her name was Five O'clock Shadow. lol

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  24. 3:50 AP? That looks like a Subscriber Unit. 10:21 Why did he unwind the pairs first? Someone didn't train him well. That would be very frustrating terminating a cable like that. Come on Diana.

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  25. Yeah, you commentors can bawl because these people actually identified themselves as black. But with net neutrality now being destroyed, once again it is a black community and their struggle against undue burdens that are leading the path Americans need to take.

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