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Program Basics

  • Program Name: Geek Access Points
  • Program Description:

providing free internet access terminals in public spaces.

  • What best describes this program?
    1. Primarily meets program needs (expected to cost more money than it makes)
  • Why does Free Geek need this program?

It is a form of public outreach providing nice spots for FG folk to sip coffee in public.

Job Position Basics

  • Would there be a dedicated staff position associated with this program? NO

Costs and potential costs

  • What are the expected financial staffing costs of the program? (Include all costs to the organization such as salary, payroll taxes, and benefits.)


  • What other costs are associated with the program? (Include costs of materials needed, etc.)

some diverted computer equipment

  • Once the program is up and running how many staff how many hours per week would it take?
    • In paid staff time? ______1_______ hours/week
    • In volunteer time? ____4 x (# of locations)____ hours/week

depends on too many variables, so unknown

  • Outline the intangible costs for the position and program:


  • Are there any possible negative impacts on Free Geek's mission, and if so what?

When a GAP box is not supported, or is set up poorly, it acts to turn users off from open source computers.

  • How will this program affect other programs and staff positions currently in effect?


  • How will this program affect other programs and staff positions being considered?



  • Would the program generate income? NO
  • How does the program support the mission of Free Geek?

Geek access points strongly support Free Geek's mission of providing internet access to those who need it. For example: a cafe in outer SE (Space Monkey) has a GAP box that ran for three years without support until it was upgraded in 2008! It is mostly used by people who do not have computers at home, to check email and use classified ads on Craigslist.

Measuring Success

  • How can the success of the program be measured?

how many public terminals we set up, divided by the hours we have to spend administering them

  • Outline a plan for implementing the program: