Communities can't wait any longer. Virtually all businesses, large and small, now use the Internet. Affordable access to telecom services is now a business, and many kinds of new job opportunitites require broadband. Open access service-oriented networks using a new and different business model and a new and different network architecture, offers existing incumbents and network operators an opportunity to overcome the inherent financial shortcomings and network inefficiencies in their existing networks.
A discussion of broadband issues in communities, with a humourous introduction about the similarities between broadband in rural communities and barbecue joints in Texas (and other states). Delivered at the TCRC Broadband conference in 2001.
A heavily revised version of a 1999 paper that looks at the issues communities have to deal with, using the lens of broadband and economic development. The paper looks at the global Knowledge Economy, explores the notion of a "community information utility" as a permanent institution in the community, and considers how to make communities more prosperous in the face of global competition.
During the recent presidential election, both candidates set 2007 as a goal to have broadband to all communities, businesses, and citizens of the United States. Unfortunately, neither candidate provided a detailed plan on how we, as a nation, should get there. One of the recurring problems is the lack of well–defined roles for appropriate investments at the national, state, and local level. This paper outlines policies and roles at all three levels that should lead to achieving affordable broadband for all citizens.
This paper argues that telecommunications must be regarded as essential public infrastructure if communities intend to prosper in the Knowledge Economy. Changes in economic development strategies that are affected by telecommunications are discussed, and tips are provided to help communities get started without spending large sums of money (or any, in some cases).
Handout from a presentation at the Rural Telecommunications Congress in 2002. A definition of broadband and key areas of investment, along with inexpensive strategies that can be pursued immediately to accelerate the adoption of broadband.
A discussion of why communities and regions should invest in broadband.
A one page illustration of the entire COTF System for Community transformation that shows all six areas of focus. Very appropriate for a wall size poster (have it enlarged at a copy center, or print it in large format at Kinko's).
An entirely new approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities that communities face, with an emphasis futures thinking, consensus-based visions for the future, and core values (ethics, morality, etc).
This paper presents a regional approach to community networks and community technology centers that would mission overlap, improve services, and accelerate the deployment of technology in underserved areas.