For Josh Breitbart of the OTI, the success of the mesh network is really up to the community. He says it builds on neighbor-to-neighbor connections and can only place a wireless connection on top of already-existing social connections.
“If you put this in a place where people don’t already have this community then the technology doesn’t work,” says Breitbart. “But my sense is that Rockaway is very mobilized and it is reminiscent of the experience in Red Hook.”
Breitbart believes that if the project is put in place, Rockaway won’t just be getting a better Internet connection; it will be getting a more well-connected community.