Community owned wireless has the organic potential I look for in technology development. I’m not sure wireless community networks are different in kind from community networks like the moribund Boulder Community Network tried to be for internet access or community access television tried to be on cable.
“The Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network (CUWiN) has built a communications network using wireless networking equipment. This is essentially the same “WiFi” equipment used in homes and offices, but we put it on rooftops to connect neighbors and form a high-speed community network.”
But maybe they are different. Check out this sister network, the Tribal Digital Village.