Adrian did a nice paper on the the 802.11 standard is kludge, but Christian is actually making an argument about the 'over the back yard' internet. two years ago i sketched the system necessary to use wireless, microwave, or laser enabled long distance internet connections to overcome local problems such as censorship, etc. It was a 'napkin' sketch of technics, interfaces, and connections. Now i hear that similar things are being institutionalized, somewhat unsuccessfully, but it is always fun to find that other people have the same sort of ideas and implementations.
Craig is talking about his Connective Project at Syracuse that works with broadband infrastructure and such. they did a community technology assessment for rural regions.