We have founded this organization as an educational nonprofit that will promote digital equity via attempts to restore the Internet as a Public Commons, and setting up a platform cooperative, that will be governed by the teachers and community stakeholders. We have primarily been influenced by work from Althea and NYCmesh. I realized how simple it is to conceive of a community owned network when I was a member of NYCmesh in 2017. If each member owns the router in their home plus the antenna on their roof, then they are one node in the network, and together they form a community owned network. Starting a fixed point wireless network is not that difficult, but in many cases, it is appropriate to make large investments in fiber, which is a secure investment that can reap returns for 40, 50 or 60 years. So, we have created this wiki as a starting point to collaborate with various community stakeholders and crowdfund Internet infrastructure.
Part of our work with communities will be introducing them to tools like those listed here.
We are using Loomio to implement democratic consensus decision-making for our organization. In addition, we seek to assist local communities with using tools like Loomio. Please contact Ron to get access.
Watch this video introduction to consensus decision-making with Loomio.
Ask for permission to begin adding to the wiki in this section.