All of the major US carriers are scrambling to restore telecom service to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Many wireless providers and other technology firms have also made significant donations in cash, equipment, and resources to aid victims of the hurricane, however, there is still an immense amount of work to do.
Here's how you can help:
- The Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network (CUWireless) is looking for volunteers from across the country with experience setting up WiFi networks and telecom infrastructure. CUWireless is also seeking cash donations and a myriad of supplies and equipment. For example, 10,000 radios (and batteries to run them) are needed for a project to set up a low-power FM station in Houston's Astrodome.
- Part-15.org is soliciting donations from WISPs and other mobile/technology corporations. They are looking for volunteers, equipment, and supplies. Part-15 is coordinating efforts with the FCC, FEMA, and state and local emergency management agencies.
In addition, the popular blog BoingBoing is providing updates on the effort to restore communications to the Gulf Coast. -Eli