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About this project

Bamboowifi: Homegrown Internet

Bamboowifi is an independent and local alternative to the internet services currently being offered by telephone and cable companies. Our service will allow you to access your home Wi-Fi throughout your neighborhood, with a higher level of security than most residential Wi-Fi routers. Our plan is to provide a more affordable, versatile and practical alternative, one that better meets the needs of the way we use the web today. Join our movement to change the way we access the internet. Join us on our journey.

How is Bamboowifi Better than Your Internet Service?

  • Replaces your home internet AND works throughout your neighborhood
  • Better quality, lower price than other internet companies
  • Free from wasteful bundling, you get just quality internet service
  • Guaranteed net-neutral—forever
  • No home equipment. Sign up and get service immediately
  • Reduce your rate even more by referring your friends
  • Local businesses can get rid of their internet bill and build their businesses as Bamboowifi Growth Partners

Where Can I Get Bamboowifi?

Our Kickstarter campaign covers our first pilot zone in the 19123 and 19125 zip codes of Philadelphia, and if you live there, you can get Bamboowifi service when our Kickstarter campaign is successful. You can also become a Growth Partner if you own a local business in those zip codes, and build your business while offering free Wi-Fi to your patrons. If you do not live in 19123 or 19125 but still want to help us change the internet, you can help fund an access point at a community center offering free internet access to those in need. We do of course plan to expand, but we have to start somewhere, so we're starting with a place close to us.

The Bamboowifi Pilot Zone—19123 & 19125 in Philadelphia PA

Our Kickstarter campaign will fund our first pilot zone in the zip codes of 19123 and 19125 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Northern Liberties and Fishtown neighborhoods. We chose these areas because we have a long-time connection to the community; the folks who live here have been asking for an alternative; and the low-rise row-home topography is perfect for our network. Once we are successful in building our pilot zone in 19123 and 19125, the plan is to grow like bamboo, as far and as fast as there are folks looking for better internet service. If you live in these neighborhoods and back our project, you can use your service anywhere in 19123 and 19125. If you do not and want to see service come to your area, the best way to ensure that is also to back the Kickstarter and help us get started.

Our Pilot Zone 19123 & 19125
Our Pilot Zone 19123 & 19125

The Perks!

1) Get Bamboowifi Service in 19123 & 19125

Bamboowifi Service Options in 19123 & 19125
Bamboowifi Service Options in 19123 & 19125

2) Get Panda Merch!

Panda Merch!
Panda Merch!

Bamboowifi: Works At Home, Works in Your Neighborhood

Works at the Cafe
Works at the Cafe
Works in Your Neighborhood
Works in Your Neighborhood
$150 for 1 Year of Bamboowifi in 19123 & 19125
$150 for 1 Year of Bamboowifi in 19123 & 19125
Works at the Gym
Works at the Gym
Works at the Pizza Shop
Works at the Pizza Shop
Happy Panda!
Happy Panda!

Are You a Local Business in 19123 or 19125? Check Out Our Growth Partner Perk!

Become a Bamboowifi Growth Partner
Become a Bamboowifi Growth Partner

Bamboowifi is Already a Hit in the Press!

Front Page of The Philadelphia Inquirer Business Section

"From out of the gym, a new model for WiFi network"
"From out of the gym, a new model for WiFi network"

Featured in Technically Philly

"Residents of Fishtown and NoLibs may soon have a WiFi alternative"
"Residents of Fishtown and NoLibs may soon have a WiFi alternative"

Featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal

"Local duo creates Internet company to compete with Comcast, Verizon"
"Local duo creates Internet company to compete with Comcast, Verizon"

What do we need your money for?

  • Infrastructure: we need to pay for the physical equipment to build the network
  • Office rental fees: we need office space to house operations
  • Bandwidth for the 1st year: we need to pay for the bandwidth the network will use
  • Website build: we need a website where people can sign up and we can manage customer accounts
  • Service and maintenance costs: any network requires service, maintenance and customer service
  • Trademarking and certifications: we need to file trademarks for our business and purchase necessary certifications

What's Next?

Bamboowifi's Next Steps
Bamboowifi's Next Steps

You Will Only Be Charged if We Meet Our Goal

By Kickstarter rules, you are only charged for your contribution if we are successful in reaching our fundraising goal. This means, if you are already paying way too much for crappy internet service and live in 19123 or 19125, you risk nothing by pledging, and you stand to get a way better deal on much better internet service than you're getting now.

Contact Us

You can contact Bamboowifi Co-Founders David Platt and James Gregory at: info@bamboowifi.com

Risks and challenges

The largest challenge we have is finding enough Growth Partners and locations in which to install the access points that make up our network.

While we feel we have created some strong incentives for local businesses to become Growth Partners, like eliminating their internet service bill and using our network to build their businesses, we still need to go around and get them signed up.

This is the largest single challenge we face, although we do feel confident in our service and ability to show value to potential Growth Partners.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Bamboowifi Panda Mobile Phone Wallpapers
    •Pledgers will receive two mobile phone wallpapers, "Hungry Panda" and "Fierce Panda"
    •For those who do not live in 19123 or 19125 but still want to make a difference for the future of the internet
    •Your contribution will help Bamboowifi build its first pilot zone in Philadelphia
    •Designed by the kids at the Science Leadership Academy in Philly
    •Make a significant contribution to build the first real alternative to big-cable internet
    •Help us make "Homegrown Internet" a reality
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website
    *Check out the panda designs at the end of this page

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Bamboowifi Panda Decals & Mobile Phone Wallpapers
    •Pledgers will receive two Bamboowifi decals, "Hungry Panda" and "Fierce Panda"
    •Pledgers will also receive two mobile phone wallpapers, "Hungry Panda" and "Fierce Panda"
    •For those who do not live in 19123 or 19125 but still want to make a difference for the future of the internet
    •Your contribution will help Bamboowifi build its first pilot zone in Philadelphia
    •Designed by the kids at the Science Leadership Academy in Philly
    •Make a significant contribution to build the first real alternative to big-cable internet
    •Help us make "Homegrown Internet" a reality
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website
    *Check out the panda design at the end of this page

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Bamboowifi T-shirt, Decals & Mobile Phone Wallpapers
    •Pledgers will receive their choice of "Hungry Panda" or "Fierce Panda" t-shirt
    •Pledgers will also receive two Bamboowifi decals, "Hungry Panda" and "Fierce Panda"
    •Pledgers will also receive two mobile phone wallpapers, "Hungry Panda" and "Fierce Panda"
    •For those who do not live in 19123 or 19125 but still want to make a difference for the future of the internet
    •Your contribution will help Bamboowifi build its first pilot zone in Philadelphia
    •Designed by the kids at the Science Leadership Academy in Philly
    •Make a significant contribution to build the first real alternative to big-cable internet
    •Help us make "Homegrown Internet" a reality
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website
    *Check out the panda design at the end of this page

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    1 Month of Bamboowifi Service—19123 & 19125 Only
    •1 Month of 20mbs Bamboowifi Service
    •Service works both in your home and throughout zip codes 19123 and 19125
    •When our network expands, works anywhere in the network at the same cost
    •No home equipment required. No equipment rental fees, installation, or customer service calls required
    •Guaranteed net-neutral
    •You are not charged unless we meet our Kickstarter funding goal
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website

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    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    3 Months of Bamboowifi Service—19123 & 19125 Only
    •3 Months of 20mbs Bamboowifi Service
    •Service works both in your home and throughout zip codes 19123 and 19125
    •When our network expands, works anywhere in the network at the same cost
    •No home equipment required. No equipment rental fees, installation, or customer service calls required
    •Guaranteed net-neutral
    •You are not charged unless we meet our Kickstarter funding goal
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    1 Year of Bamboowifi Service—19123 & 19125 Only
    •1 year of 20mbs Bamboowifi Service
    •Service works both in your home and throughout zip codes 19123 and 19125
    •When our network expands, works anywhere in the network at the same cost
    •No home equipment required. No equipment rental fees, installation, or customer service calls required
    •Guaranteed net-neutral
    •You are not charged unless we meet our Kickstarter funding goal
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Lifetime Bamboowifi Service—19123 & 19125 Only
    •Lifetime 20mbs Bamboowifi Service, never pay for internet service again
    •Service works both in your home and throughout zip codes 19123 and 19125
    •When our network expands, works anywhere in the network at the same cost
    •No home equipment required. No equipment rental fees, installation, or customer service calls required
    •Guaranteed net-neutral
    •You are not charged unless we meet our Kickstarter funding goal
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Host a Bamboowifi Local Business Access Point
    •Become a Bamboowifi Growth Partner
    •Small businesses will receive a Bamboowifi access point in your small business or property to offer free Wi-Fi to your customers
    •Never pay for internet service again—no monthly internet bill
    •Build your own business with online incentives for customers using Bamboowifi
    •Transform a bill into a way to build your business
    •No additional work for you or your business—we take care of everything
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website

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    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Host a Bamboowifi Community Access Point
    •Become a Bamboowifi Community Parnter
    •Pledgers will make a difference by bringing internet service to those in need
    •Community Access Points are located in local community centers and rec centers, offering members of the community free internet access
    •Perfect perk for an individual or organization looking to make a difference for community internet access
    •No additional work for you—we take care of everything
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Sponsor a Science Leadership Academy/Bamboowifi Student Intern
    •Bamboowifi partners with the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia to create hands-on learning opportunities at the company in the areas of technology and design
    •By sponsoring an SLA/Bamboowifi student internship, you give a student invaluable real-world experience in an emerging field of technology
    •Students internships last 3 months
    •Perfect perk for companies looking for an effective way to contribute to the Bamboowifi mission and technology & science education
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    Fund a Community-Wide Network
    •Pledgers will make a difference by funding access points in their community
    •Name your network. Your network will appear with your name together with Bamboowifi
    •Everyone who uses the network will know you helped make Homegrown Internet a reality
    •Perfect perk for an individual or organization looking to make a difference for community internet access
    •Have your name added to the Founding Pledger list on the Bamboowifi website

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Funding period

- (60 days)