How your cellphone could create an emergency telecom network

Molly Wood Jun 20, 2013
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How your cellphone could create an emergency telecom network

Molly Wood Jun 20, 2013
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One of the hardest things to do after a disaster is communicate. Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain have a plan to address that. The idea is for people with Internet routers and mobile devices to form little pieces of a mesh communication network. There’s a name for these things: ad-hoc networks.

Jonathan Zittrain joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson to discuss. Click on the audio player above to hear more.

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