"Technology can often replicate or reinforce capitalist structures. I see another way – a way to build equity and liberation into our digital infrastructure as we develop and use it for social change."
The Fiber for the New Economy: Economic Development Conference event from Broadband Communities Magazine may seem like a long way off, but November 7th is just around the corner!
Community networks have a variety of models, from offering full retail services to dark fiber approaches. Each comes with its own strengths and weaknesses and will appeal differently to different communities. Below are some common approaches, though communities often tweak these models in various ways.
The city of Ammon, Idaho is building the Internet network of the future. Households & businesses can instantly change Internet service providers using a specially-designed innovative portal. This 20 min. video highlights how the network is saving money, creating competition for broadband services, & creating powerful new public safety applications.
Located at the foot of Mount Hood in Oregon, Sandy's municipally-owned full fiber network offers gig Internet service for under $60 to every resident in the city. City managers, frustrated that they couldn't even get a DSL line in to city hall started off by building their own wireless and DSL network, beginning in 2001.
"Monopoly" may be a fun family night activity, but you may live in a place where you have little or no choice for Internet access. According to FCC data, most families don't have a choice in Internet access providers, especially providers they like. Nevertheless, the biggest companies keep reporting increasing revenues every year. What's going on?
The (Re)Building Technology: Vol 2 zine is a compilation of practices and stories from 11 global community technology grantees, including "10 Community Network Lessons," facilitation exercises, diagrams of the network designs, and more!
Compiled by Ryan Gerety, Andy Gunn and Diana Nucera, for the first ever Community Technology Network Gathering at the 17th annual Allied Media Conference in 2015.
The zine explores digital justice issues, community facilitation best practices, collaborative network design, and examples of projects from Belarus, Detroit, Red Hook, India and more