PhilTel: a free-to-use payphone network in Philadelphia #Community
PhilTel is looking to install new (to us) payphones within the city of Philadelphia. Any payphone installed will be completely free-to-use, allowing the user to place calls within North America. Additionally, we would like to provide various experiences and services through the phones; these could be as simple as voicemail, fun as a phone number that randomly calls other payphones, or as complex as an integration with phone collectors’ networks to allow phone-phreaking and exploration!
PhilTel is actively looking for volunteers to help with both technical and outreach tasks. We are a completely volunteer-run collective operating in the Philadelphia area, and we need help to grow and evolve our network!
We’ve outlined some skills we are looking for below. This is by no means a complete list! We’re constantly learning new things and discovering new needs as we grow.
We are always look for technology-minded individuals to help us grow the payphone network and install/repair existing hardware. Even if you don’t have much direct experience with the technologies we are working with, we are happy to help get you up to speed! While we are hoping to have people who can physically attend meetups, workshops, and installations, there is also the possibility for remote work.
Here are some skills we are currently looking for:
Experience with router firmware installation/config (OpenWRT, ddwrt, Tomato, etc.)
Experience with metrics/monitoring (syslog, Prometheus, Grafana, etc.)
Experience with VoIP, including SIP, ATA configuration, Asterisk
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