Pam Arviso, Mike Peralta, and Turner played a large role with both the planning and implementation phases of the Rincon connectivity, which was put into place after three days of hard work. "I never realized how much effort went into an Internet connection," said Pam Arviso, "until we helped put ours into place."
In addition to the Rincon Education Center (led by Turner and Peralta), Arviso's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) computer laboratory, is now also connected to the HPWREN via mountain-top solar-powered relay that feeds from UCSD to Mount Woodson and into the reservation.
Line of Sight Issues
"Our main challenge for the Rincon sites was finding and getting usage
permission for a good deployment site with direct line of sight,"
said Hans-Werner Braun, HPWREN PI. "Because Rincon sits so deep in
the Pauma Valley, there were not many choices, and none that were
Line-of-sight, the ability to directly see the other end point of
a connection, is an important consideration for the wireless connections.
This issue had delayed the deployment for a considerable amount of time.
Proof of Concept to Reality
In addition to the Rincon connectivity, recent HPWREN collaborations with the Pala and La Jolla Indian reservations symbolize the first steps toward bringing the high-speed Internet to the overall Native American community in San Diego county. A separate Southern California Tribal Chairman Association project, funded by Hewlett Packard, is expected to begin its creation of a "digital village" in the county - building upon HPWREN's prototype.
For information regarding the HP Digital Village, refer to HP.
The current reservation access link connects to the mountain site by
means of a directional antenna at the Education Center. An additional
omnidirectional antenna is also located at the Education Center to connect
the local community. The initial client site of the community connection
is one of the TANF education centers, additional local sites can be
added in the future.