Sheep: good for sweaters, chops and now Wi-Fi hotspots

I love this story from PC World

According to Wales Online, researchers at Lancaster University have received a grant of about $260,000 to equip sheep with digital smart collars. The primary purpose is to track the herd’s location and measure environmental conditions.

However, the collars could also turn the herd into a Wi-Fi hotspot, helping bring better connectivity to rural areas. As the Atlantic notes, a herd of sheep can form a mesh network that transmits connectivity across large distances.

People are so innovative! Sheep hotspots may not be what’s going to get Minnesota up to ubiquitous broadband coverage but maybe we could look at hooking up cows or bunnies!

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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