originally posted by: drewlander
a reply to: DigginFoTroof
I used bbs and gopher -- wasn't that great. Sounds ripe for abuse. The internet is a utility. You pay taxes on certain communication services that
provide broadband to rural and underprivileged areas. It's called the Federal Universal Service Fund. You pay this on all voice services including
POTS, VoIP, and cellular services. Possibly on bandwidth but I have not looked into that as of now. Much of the FO ran across the states was
subsidized by the federal government. The people already own the internet as far as I am concerned. What is the end game?
Well the purpose of creating an alternative "hosting" system on "mini servers" in the DMZ (and I'm ot limiting these to a $300 unit, someone may want
to add a nice $1,000 - $3/4000 server in the DMZ, it just depends on what they want the unit to do.
I'm not planning on forgoing the use of the current network infrastructure, but use is as an additional mode of connectivity, it might be as essential
as the MESH network, especially when people start to get high speed access of 100Mbps - 1Gbps service with their own unique IP (or at minimum a DynDNS
like database to find the server in the DMZ). If there is a town of say 5,000 people who has a very strong MESH network which is basically their own
local community LAN/WAN - that has connections to standard ISP connections that is used to transfer data to another small town, maybe 200 miles away
of 10,000 miles away. I intend to fully integrate existing infrastructure into the plan.
Now the real reason for this is to get away from the big tech companies that use their customers as Datamines. I think a new search engine that would
blow away Google is more than possible and I think there are LOTS of people who would work on sch a project. Also, web hosting services, of which
there are fewer and fewer and the way they protect users privacy has been eroded over time wile they increase the amount of data they extract from
your internet use.Then there is Social media like Facebook (some people think it is impossible to move away from FB and their apps, but that is so
far from the truth if people really understood how things work and what was being done to them w/o their knowledge they would march in the streets (
well most of them).
I've come up with an interesting way to create something like a social media platform, where users generate a public profile (and can include whatever
they want, have private stuff, etc) and it is 100% owned by the customer and it can be hosted on their little box, but the content is indexed on a
more centralized server for easier searching and finding what you are looking for. These public profiles would be a part of a smaller community group
which will allow for actual verification of the person (think of this small community a town, district, school, etc). The user creates an account and
their name is verified by a number of methods so that there is proof of who the person is, a fake account can not be made up very easily and there are
safegaurds to protect the system from "spam"/fake accounts. Let's say the community is "West chester, NY", there would be someone who verifies the
members of the West chester NY group (I'm not disclosing the methods of ID now) and upon registering the user will get an email address such as
User1@WC.NY.com (.org, .net, etc) this will be a public email address which they will always have access to (small monthly/yearly fee - depending on
how much space/capacity you need for your accounts - so it could be $5-20 /year, $20/month, etc. It will have things like dropbox like hosting, a web
hosting account FTP, SSH, access and much more all included with signing up. You can also create a 'store" for ecommerce and list items for sale
(this varies in size it's not meant for a large company, but small sole proprietor shops or people getting started, garage run, etc) and there will be
a review system by other members who also have authenticated accounts with their own local community (it may cost something like $10 for initial
authentication or may vary for level/amount of services requested). The authenticated people can give reviews for other users for things like sales,
trades, services rendered, etc much like Google and Yelp, but these won't be from fake accounts and you can trace back the person ho made the review
(possibly have option for anonymous - but still listed as verified - contact can be made though unique contact procedure which hides original
name/address). I'm thinking that it might be a good idea to offer aliases to the main account name and email address - but it is linked to the main
account. This is so a user can make posts where they may fear retaliation or are embarrassed about asking or buying something. A whole process to
keep aliases and official names separate has been created, not coded, but worked out how to do it. Think of this similar to a Craigslist with
authenticated users in geographical locations, but also being able to search the the entire nation and buy things from someone across the country who
has good reviews ( and is registered under their legit name within that community).
I have also figured out a way that a wallet can be created to transfer money from account/s people, even with current banking laws, as well as buying
and selling, trading all kind so crypto currencies, transfers within country and most probably externally (still legal if done correctly) and a lot
of other really neat financial options
Local businesses (and reg/national) could advertise on to the local users, target them to their specific liking, or seek out new customers. Order
online, pay as well. This aspect, the advertisements of local (or regional/national) businesses is what would help subsidize maintenance of the
What I want to do is take all of these actions out of the hands of the big 4-5 tech companies - Google/aplhjhabet, Facebook (and subsidiaries), Apple
services, Microsoft services and more.
I've been working on this for at lest 5 years and written and re-written the ideas about 20-25 times, making improvements when I find something out
that would make it better.
It is even possible to get into gambling if people were so inclined - it would have to be managed in a way not to break fed/state laws but those have
gotten much more lenient lately.
AS far as line of sight for Mesh networks, I've found an ingenious solution for this in many rural areas and have talked to many property owners who
are happy to allow use of their structure(s) which can boost range by anywhere from 1-10kn easily (well depending upon speed) most only wanted to have
free access to the Mesh network once it was up and running.
The hardware for the MESH would be paid for by the community (part of the original startup fee, and we aren't talking $300 or anything, very
reasonable rates. Some of the $$ will have to go to local techs (bringing good jobs to the locals) who help install the line of sight relays and help
people setup their systems in-house.