Philly Community Wireless Project

If you could build the Internet from scratch, where would you start?

The Philly Community Wireless Project is building community-owned and -operated mesh networks to address digital inequity. Mesh networks allow a single Internet connection to be shared among a broader group of users with very little cost or infrastructure required.

Grant is partnering with community organizers, technologists, researchers, public school teachers, and Philadelphia City Hall staffers to plan these technical and cooperative frameworks. With the help of PhillyWisper, a pro-net neutrality, wireless internet service provider, they are identifying pilot sites in Kensington and Fairhill. From there, they will plan participatory design and technical workshops that will empower the community to maintain and grow this free network connection.

CDH Grant History

  • 2020– Staff R&D