Detroiters are building their own independent internet

Access to the Internet has become as much a need for millions of US residents today as the availability of housing, clean water and other benefits equated to human rights. However, with dozens of factories shutting down, Detroit has turned from the capital of the American auto industry into a dying ghost town, where 40% of the remaining residents cannot even afford an internet connection.

Vice's Motherboard reported that the city has launched the Equitable Internet Initiative (EII) to create affordable neighborhood-level Internet and digital connectivity.

EII in the process of implementation will involve two main components of the infrastructure - the local church as the place where the Wi-Fi hub will be installed and the Rocket Fiber provider, which will provide the local network with high-speed fiber optic lines. Trained volunteers will configure wireless hotspots to extend the backbone from church to remote areas. The traffic speed will be 10 Mbps.

The program is focused primarily on those who are deprived of the Internet - children, the elderly, students. Also, the Internet will be available in public places in three urban areas.