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Oct 29, 2008
Personal Telco Meeting October2008
Jax Bar (CLOSED)

Location: JaxBar Date and Time: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 6:30-8:00pm Scribe: Roll Call:


* 6:30pm Introductions, order food and drinks.

  7:00pm Presentation: RussellSenior explains how to build a node with an Alix board.
* 7:30pm Questions and answers.
* 7:45pm General Discussion, more food or drinks. 
Jan 21, 2009
Personal Telco Project Weekly Meeting
Amnesia Brewing

Primarily will be a discussion of what a demonstration project of community fiber-to-the-premises in Portland might look like.

Jan 28, 2009
Personal Telco Project Monthly Meeting
Jax Bar (CLOSED)

Monthly Meeting of the Personal Telco Project.

Apr 21, 2010
PLUG Advanced Topics: What's new in Linux Wireless
Roots Organic Brewing [Out of business. *Sigh*]

This talk will present some highlights in Linux Wireless development made over the past year or so. Some of these developments resulted in new userspace tools which will be introduced. We will then highlight recent developments in Intel's Linux Wireless driver.

Reinette is the maintainer of Intel's Linux wireless driver (iwlwifi) and is a member of the Open Source Technology Center (OTC), within the Intel Software and Services Group (SSG).

Please spread the word!

May 21, 2018
Breaking Telco Monopoly Power through Public Ownership of Infrastructure
Northwest Academy

We have a problem with federal telecommunications policy in the US. The problem is that federal regulators have decided that, instead of regulating, they would rely on competition, but competition doesn't occur naturally because of the de facto requirement to build your own infrastructure in order to compete. This leaves users vulnerable to economic predation by the owners of the infrastructure.

Municipal Broadband PDX is a newly formed group that wants to solve this problem by creating a publicly-owned network infrastructure.

Russell Senior, a member of Municipal Broadband PDX and president of the Personal Telco Project, has been advocating for this type of infrastructure for years. He'll talk to us about federal policy, the monopolistic conditions that result, and the abuses those monopolistic conditions allow. He'll also explain how a public telecommunications utility solves these problems and what such a network might look like. There will be a short video included in the presentation.

Please join us for this informative presentation and discussion! We'll have snacks, and there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. We hope to see you there!

Schedule: 6:00 PM: Doors 6:10 PM: Introductions and news 6:15 PM: Presentation 7:15 PM: Q&A 7:30 PM: Wrap up and networking

Bio: Russell Senior has been involved with the Personal Telco Project since 2005. The Personal Telco Project is a volunteer-based non-profit in Portland, founded in November 2000, that cares about network freedom. We operate public-access wifi networks in about about 60 locations around the area, where other volunteers have agreed to host them (you can too!). About 120,000 unique devices connect to our networks annually. About 5,000 of those are habitual users. If you connect to one of our networks, we don't know who you are, and we don't care what you do; we just ask you not to get the host of the network in trouble. Russell has been President of Personal Telco since 2009.

Russell has had a 20+ year career as a research programmer and data manager. He did a 13-month hitch at the National Science Foundation funded Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction in 2015-2016 and got to work on ocean glider and fixed station measurement data. He did a week-long research cruise from Newport, Oregon to about Longview, Washington on the Columbia River, mapping the ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore mesh network they use, as well as participating in vertical profiling of the ocean, estuary and river waters. Russell has been using Linux since 1992 and has been doing embedded Linux programming, primarily OpenWrt/LEDE on wireless routers for over a decade and has helped develop wifi-based consumer products.

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Aug 11, 2018
Home Networking & Wi-Fi Security Workshop
Free Geek

Learn the essentials of protecting your home network. This class will journey from the basics to advanced networking. Feel free to bring your own computer.

Aug 10, 2020
Reinventing WI-FI: Technologies Supporting the Applications & Trends of the Future
Virtual Zoom Webinar

This is a joint event organized by the IEEE Oregon Communication Society and the Portland Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM). This event is free and open to the Public Event Banner Abstract: Wi-Fi is an outstanding success story. Although it has been around for decades, it continues to evolve by adding new functionalities, improving performance, and delivering new services. It is difficult to imagine going one day without Wi-Fi. In this talk, we will discuss the latest generation of Wi-Fi technology, namely, Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 6 is a revolution compared to any of the previous Wi-Fi generations because it introduces capabilities that are essential to support a much denser number of devices per access point, best-in-class security, greater capacity, and lower latency. We will cover some performance characteristics of Wi-Fi 6, provide a market update, and conclude with future directions towards Wi-Fi 7.

Biography: Dr. Carlos Cordeiro is the CTO of wireless connectivity at Intel Corporation, where he is responsible for next-generation wireless connectivity technology strategy, standards, ecosystem engagements, and regulatory. In the Wi-Fi Alliance, he is a member of the Board of Directors and serves as its Technical Advisor. Due to his contributions to wireless communications, Dr. Cordeiro received several awards including the prestigious Intel Inventor of the Year Award in 2016, the 2017 IEEE Standards Medallion, the IEEE Outstanding Engineer Award in 2011, and the IEEE New Face of Engineering Award in 2007. Dr. Cordeiro is the co-author of two textbooks on wireless published in 2006 and 2011, has published over 100 papers in the wireless area alone, and holds over 250 patents. He has served as Editor of various journals including the IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, the IEEE Wireless Communication Letters, and the ACM Mobile Computing and Communications Review journal. Dr. Cordeiro is an IEEE Fellow.