Wow – talk about initiative. Villa Talea de Castro, a small village in Mexico, tired of being ignored by wealthy businessmen who hadn’t provided the village with wireless service yet, set out to set up its own network. And it worked – the village has now deployed wireless service for its residents, according to AFP.
Residents can opt to subscribe for a monthly plan that costs about 15 pesos ($1.12), which is even cheaper than what’s available to residents who reside in Mexico City with access to larger carriers. The carrier is called Red Celular de Talea and was a joint initiative through residents and a local University, AFP explained, and appears to operate with a single antenna on the roof of a local building. Residents can even place international calls, including to the United States, for low rates that cost a few cents each minute, though those use VoIP technology over the Internet.
Red Celular de Talea already has 600 customers and has plans to expand its service to other villages with similar desires for a more connected future.