Jarter Jargon

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Posted on: March 19, 2012

It’s one of the biggest cliche’s that comes to my mind, but KeyWifi is doing just that.

Adam Black, founder of KeyWifi, estimates that he standard residential Comcast plan offers users 250 GB a month—maxing out would entail sending 50 million emails—and the median user draws only two to three gigs a month.

Black wants to put all that excess capacity to good use—and earn you some money in the process.

About one third of Americans don’t have access to the internet. The most expensive element being monthly subscriptions. “The way we look at the world is there’s lots of spare bandwidth out there, just like there’s lots of cars parked on the street and lots of spare rooms.” Black argues that a peer-to-peer approach to sharing wireless bandwidth will cut that cost for urban dwellers.

Black’s idea is that for $10 a month, KeyWifi users can login to wifi hotspots hosted by people signed up for the program, with two thirds of the $10 fee going straight back to the hotspot host. This is ideal in urban areas where families cannot afford the pricey annual fee for internet services.

This opens so many doors. For children previously not able to access the internet, it’s a great educational facet. The internet is a top-notch educational tool, and giving that gift to younger generations is really the gift that keeps on giving.

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1 Response to "The Gift That Keeps On Giving"

Wow, I have never even heard of this before until I read your post. This seems like it could be a really influencial AND beneficial idea. Especially for those individuals who cannot afford ‘regular’ internet service on their own. I think this idea is mostly eye opening because it could be something that provides internet to those who may normally not be able to use it. With all that we have learned in this class, it could open doors for low SES individuals to utalize platforms that have the ability to really benefit them (anywhere from networking–>feedback/review resources).

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