Creating our own communications networks may be our best hope at preserving our freedom of speech and access to information. Below are resources for getting started:
Mission Statement: Personal Telco is a grass roots effort to empower people to build the infrastructure through which their data flows. By creating, packaging and disseminating Open Source tools, documentation and community support we are building city wide networks which are open to, and maintained by, the public.
http://www.wirelessanarchy.com/ – There may be a group near you.
http://www.oreillynet.com/topics/wireless/802.11 – Several articles on the topic.
http://www.freenetworks.org/ – News an discussion.
Especially useful for infrastructure construction purposes: