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Why Do We Pay Others for the Right to Communicate?

Communications is not only about the ability to speak and be heard, but having something of interest to say. Communities are no different from people.  So, why do we pay others for this right?

Why is it that communities which are made up of residents, businesses, institutions, and associations, pay money to outside sources to communicate and to convey their information when it can be done within the community quite readily through a community owned open access network and a community media center

I’ve been investigating for some time ways that I personally, as well as from a business perspective, that I can not only lower my communication costs but maximize what I do spend in this regard in the community. How do I inspire my community to help me and in doing so, help themself? The best way is through a Community Development Cooperative, CDC.

So far I have taken an esoteric approach on how to resolve rural and remote community broadband. Over the next few weeks I’m going to take a more practical approach and just “git-r-done”. The basic community open access network infrastructure is already in place along with supporting technology.

What I hope to create in this website is a kind of “Community Empowerment for Dummies” strategy, which should be easily replicated in any community, rural or remote, urban or suburban. It will be like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Unfortunately this time the picture is not on the box but in our mind.  Knowledge and clarity of thought is essential and correspondingly the mind’s eye should be open to corrective lenses. Some of us start with edge pieces then look for color patterns and while doing so hope that all the pieces are there and the dog hasn’t eaten any. I would appreciate comments and questions as we go through this.

Being way too altruistic I constantly get stung by not addressing that obvious question “What’s in it for me?”. I too often trust others to take care of that for me, much to my chagrin. So, hopefully I can come up with a great answer and assist others who also behave like a trusting and loyal dog.

We have established a wireless network in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada where we were able to get spectrum more readily for rural and remote endeavors. I wasn’t involved in the initial phase of this. I had hoped to replicate the scenario in an Alaskan community as well as here in my community in Maple Valley, Washington. One of the challenges is keeping the politicians informed as I hope to form a community development cooperative through which a community foundation could be established for grant and local philanthropy purposes. Several of my U.S. political representatives are connected to me through Linkedin, but are not as yet members of the group “Rural and Remote Community Broadband”.  I guess that I should invite them and to my corresponding Twitter account and Facebook page.

Community stakeholders and anchor tenants are key to the success of a community owned open access network and essential to keeping “What Happen$ in the Community $tay$ in the Community”.

So, why do we pay others for the right to communicate?


One Response

  1. For those interested, we have a Facebook page to follow for just git-r-done: http://www.facebook.com/AdvancedBroadbandServicesInc

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