Personal TelcoPersonal Telco
(or PTP) is a wireless community project
based in Portland, Oregon
. It currently has 10 wireless
hotspots offering free (as in no-cost) Internet
access, located at locations around Portland that include Pioneer Courthouse Square, three public parks, and several restaurants and coffee shops.
PTP is a nonprofit in the state of Oregon, and has applied for 501(c)(3) status (a federal tax exemption granted to charitable organizations).
PTP made US news in August of 2002 when their hotspot at Pioneer Courthouse Square was blocked by a for-fee hotspot at a nearby Starbucks coffee shop. The problem was resolved amenably when the for-fee hotspot moved their connection to another channel.
On March 4, 2003, a study was published stating Portland had more wireless hotspots per capita than any other U.S. city. This was due in part to PTP's advocacy.