I don't work for Google, but if I did, I would pay for the airfare of the WasabiNet organizers to attend this conference in Austria. And I would announce St. Louis as the first city to be chosen for Google's gigabit fiber-optic experiment. St. Louis is known as the "Gateway to the West." That gateway could also be the gateway to our future - a more inclusive, educated, healthful, hopeful, and well-functioning future.Shapiro is referring, of course, to the super-cool public Internet project called WasabiNet that sprung up on Cherokee Street back in May 2009. The work of community activists Ben West and Minerva Lopez and a grant from the Incarnate Word Foundation, the "mesh node network" functions by beaming WiFi signals around Cherokee Street using empty cans of wasabi peas from Jay International Food Co. as antennae.
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