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Geeks Without Frontiers Announces Final Development of Low Cost, Open Source, Wi-Fi Software img-share-ph

July 26, 2011

Mountain View, California, August 2, 2011 – Geeks Without Frontiers (“GEEKS”) announces the final development of an innovative, low cost, Open Source, Wi-Fi software technology facilitated by a grant from the Tides Foundation.

GEEKS expects that this technology, built mainly by Cozybit, managed by GEEKS and sponsored by Google, I-Net Solutions, Global Connect, Nortel, One LapTop Per Child (OLPC) and  the Manna Energy Foundation, will enable the development and roll out of large scale mesh Wi-Fi networks, for nearly half of the traditional network cost. This is a major step in the direction of affordable broadband for all, capable of bringing tremendous economic and social benefits to millions, especially in areas where legacy broadband models are currently considered to be uneconomical.

According to Michael Potter, one of the founders of the GEEKS initiative, “By driving down the cost of metropolitan and village scale Wi-Fi networks, millions more people will be able to reap the social and economic benefits of lower cost Internet access. Potter estimates that the Open Source architecture will pressure traditional Wi-Fi deployment costs to drop by up to 45%. GEEKS is honoured to work with the Tides Foundation, Google, and others, in moving towards making the dream of global access a reality.”  

Geeks specially recognizes Javier Cardona of Cozybit and security expert Dan Harkins who have worked to ensure that the GEEKS Wi-Fi software utilizes the strongest authentication methodology known to exist.  

GEEKS also recognizes to Andrew Gold of I-Net Solutions, and Karl Garcia of Google who, in developing two free Wi-Fi networks currently delivering free broadband to more than 100,000 people in California, helped to define the components of low cost highly scalable, mesh Wi-Fi.

The next step in the GEEKS project is to complete the current open source implementation of the upcoming IEEE mesh standard 802.11s which is expected be ratified in the 4th quarter of this year.  The software is currently available at 

GEEKS is an initiative of The Manna Energy Foundation ("Manna") which represents a revolution in philanthropy, with the vision that positive change results from a combination of both philanthropic action and social enterprise.  Manna’s goal is to positively impact the lives of one billion people in the next ten years through the use of social entrepreneurship.  The GEEKS vision is to positively impact the lives of one billion people in the next ten years through the use of technology led social enterprise.

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