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Community Peephole or Porthole or Panoramic Picture?

Why is it that communities for the most part concentrate merely on broadband connectivity and not on their local content?  Correct me if I’m wrong, but there isn’t an overall unified strategy.  It is a piecemeal approach at best.

Sure there are community portals, local business association websites, etc., but more often than not they are hosted outside of the community.  The emphasis on local economic development or sustainablity should be on content first and then connectivity.  Kind of like establishing the best ice cream parlor in town.  People will find a way to get there; perhaps creating traffic congestion until better highways are built to get there.

Every community needs a focal point, a community media center, to maximize the use of local resources and revenue. 

The smart phone is very much like a peephole or porthole in the sense of its size and what can be viewed through it.

Think of a smart phone app acting as a peephole or porthole into your community, hence the term portal.  It could be viewing the community’s walled garden community portal.  Technology exists to facilitate this on a local basis.  The peephole through a community media center has not only the capability to become a panoramic view of the community, but an economic community catalyst.

So, you can have a peephole or several peepholes into a community, or a porthole or portholes, or better yet, have a panoramic picture of the community created through a community media center.

If the communication and cloud computing monopolistic concerns, or any want-to-be, were to embrace a distributed approach to empowering communities everyone would be a winner.

What Happen$ in the Community $tay$ in the Community!


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