A Stand-Alone Communications Platform
These kits were developed in partnership with five Hurricane Sandy-impacted New York City organizations with whom we’re building resilient neighborhood mesh networks. The PNKs were a way to provide hands-on training in building and operating community-owned infrastructure while also putting the first pieces of local networks up for communities to use. The PNKs are also intended to help fill gaps or repairs in the neighborhood mesh networks in future storms or emergencies. The most basic version of a PNK costs around $500 for the Wi-Fi gear and a couple of small chargeable battery packs. A more versatile kit to provide connectivity in an emergency can cost up to $3000 including large solar panels and high capacity battery packs.
We follow the principles of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition: Access, Participation, Common Ownership, and Healthy Communities.