That is awesome.  Great Job!  Bob Moldashel take note.  NY Times?

Rick Harnish
OnlyInternet Broadband & Wireless, Inc.
260-827-2482 Office
260-307-4000 Cell
260-918-4340 VoIP

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Tom DeReggi
Sent: Saturday, September 10, 2005 1:23 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Mac Dearman's Camp Featured in Washington Post

Mid week, I contacted all the Wash Post writers that I had direct contact 
info for, and sent them copies of the Press Release on the WISPA web site 
regarding Mac's Crisis center.  I'd like to think that that had helped get 
the awareness out to the Wash Post, as well.  I advise that other WISPs also

contact their local newspapers, and point reference to the story on the 
WISPA web site.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Scrivner" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "WISPA General List" <>
Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 10:56 AM
Subject: [WISPA] Mac Dearman's Camp Featured in Washington Post

> Congratulations to all you guys for your hard work and great efforts down 
> south. You made the Washington Post!  Woo-Hooo!
> Scriv
> Mike Healy wrote:
>> Found this in the Washington Post this morning......... Thought y'all 
>> would be interested in seeing it.
>> You guys are doing great things down there. I only wish I had the means 
>> to be able to join you. I had hoped to get a bunch of surplus PCs to send

>> to you but due to my employer being in bankruptcy we aren't able to do 
>> that.
>> Mike
>> ** <>*
>> Wireless Networks Give Voice To Evacuees*
>> By Arshad Mohammed
>> Washington Post Staff Writer
>> Friday, September 9, 2005; A15
>> Hurricane Katrina survivor Caprice Butler had been at a church shelter in

>> rural northeastern Louisiana for nearly a week when she finally heard her

>> husband's voice on an Internet phone running on an improvised wireless 
>> network.
>> "I was just overjoyed," she said yesterday, tearing up as she spoke 
>> outside the church in the farming town of Mangham, about 200 miles from 
>> her flooded New Orleans home. "Words can't explain how I felt."
>> If the Butlers manage to reunite this weekend, as they hope, it will be 
>> because of a band of volunteer techies who are stitching together 
>> wireless networks at shelters across northeastern Louisiana using radio 
>> transmitters mounted on such items as a grain silo and a water tower.
>> With few reliable communications systems in place, people and companies 
>> from around the country are converging on the region to create improvised

>> networks that give survivors and emergency personnel ways to talk and 
>> coordinate efforts.
>> While local telephone and wireless networks are slowly coming back, they 
>> remain spotty or nonexistent in some places, and fire, police and other 
>> rescue personnel have complained about the lack of a unified emergency 
>> communications system. To meet the needs of evacuees in Jackson, Miss., 
>> Dulles-based America Online has parked an 18-wheel truck at the 
>> Mississippi State Fairgrounds, a major shelter, with a satellite dish on 
>> top and 20 computers with Internet access inside. At the Houston 
>> Astrodome, volunteers have obtained a Federal Communications Commission 
>> license to set up a low-power radio station and are now struggling to get

>> permission from local officials to broadcast to evacuees inside the 
>> stadium.
>> F4W, a Lake Mary, Fla., company, is under government contract to provide 
>> Internet phones and online access to Coast Guard officers cleaning up oil

>> spills, using a portable satellite dish and handsets often deployed in 
>> forest fires.
>> The network at Mangham Baptist Church was the brainchild of Mac Dearman, 
>> a wireless Internet service provider who was driving past the church last

>> week when he saw a group of parked cars, realized they were people who 
>> had fled the hurricane and set about providing relief, including food, 
>> clothing and online access.
>> Dearman hooked up a radio transmitter near the church and linked that to 
>> a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) telephone and a computer, and 
>> suddenly the dozens of people taking refuge at the church had the ability

>> to reach out to the outside world.
>> Mostly, they are searching for loved ones and filling out Federal 
>> Emergency Management Agency forms to get disaster aid.
>> "They just call from shelter to shelter to shelter looking for their kids

>> or for their daddies or their brothers because they got separated, and 
>> they are just finding each other in the last few days," Dearman said, 
>> adding that people were often overwhelmed when they connected.
>> "They cried big tears, hugged my neck, shook my hand and patted me on the

>> back. You'd have thought I was really giving them something that cost a 
>> lot of money," he added.
>> Dearman is working entirely with donated labor and equipment.
>> People from as far afield as Nebraska, Missouri and Indiana are camped 
>> out in his house, coordinating equipment deliveries, searching for 
>> shelters that need service, and then sending out volunteers to climb 
>> towers to hook up radio antennas and set up the networks.
>> "We are basically completely bypassing the phone system," said Matt 
>> Larsen of Scottsbluff, Neb., who said he was perched on a bar stool with 
>> his laptop at Dearman's kitchen counter.
>> Dearman estimated that he had run wireless links to about a dozen 
>> shelters near his home base of Rayville, La., but only about half were up

>> and running because he had run out of equipment.
>> He was expecting fresh donations of secondhand computers, VoIP phones and

>> wireless equipment. Once he has those in hand, he said, he hopes to 
>> extend to shelters closer to New Orleans and to Mississippi's Gulf Coast.
>> "It's been a godsend," said the Rev. Rick Aultman, pastor of Mangham 
>> Baptist Church, where about four dozen people are staying.
>> C 2005 The Washington Post Company
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