Each of these handouts and articles cover a single key idea or concept. These are ideal for community meetings and discussions of community technology. Files average 125K to 250K, so they download quickly. Commercial use of these copyrighted documents is strictly forbidden.
The LTP, or Local Transport Provider, is a better term for what is called an "open access" network. This short article provides an easy to understand overview of how an open access network is operated.
The role of the Local Transport Provider
Want to know what best practice is in community broadband? Read this article and don't do these "worst practice" activities, and you are probably achieving best practice.
Worst Practice in Community Broadband, Part 1
A follow up to the hugely popular Part 1, this article provides more insight into best practice (and worst practice) in community broadband projects.
Worst Practice in Community Broadband, Part 2
Is your community trying to attract high tech businesses and entrepreneurs to live and work in the region? There are a few things every community
needs to compete in the global Knowledge Economy.
Would you like to know more? Ten Things Your Community Needs >>
Development of a communitywide broadband infrastructure is straightforward,
and follows the same process used to build a building or to develop a water
or sewer system.
Would you like to know more? Community Broadband Step by Step >>
Overview of the five parallel processes that should be pursued
by communities interested in investing in broadband networks.
Would you like to know more? Planning for Community Technology >>
Updated 6/04 to clarify certain infrastructure concepts. Ideal for community
meetings to provide an overview of what broadband is and how to get started,
with low cost or no cost activities that can be implemented immediately
to jumpstart broadband initiatives.
Community Broadband: Planning for success >>
Ten simple, low fee or no fee projects and activities that can be done
easily by any community that wants to be more "connected."
Ten simple things your community can do
A description of how content and services can be used to increase demand
for broadband. Important for communities on a budget, because fueling demand
attracts private sector investment (meaning the community spends less).
Useful primer on how to get started inexpensively and quickly with Open
Content and services to spur broadband deployment
A description of the five key kinds of infrastructure that are important
to community networks and economic development.
Community network infrastructure
Two case studies of communities that invested in broadband networks with
very favorable results. An especially good handout for public meetings
where not everyone may understand the value of community technology projects.
A brief description of the value and impact of community networks.
Community network overview
A summary of seven key principles for creating an economic development
action plan focused on the changes brought about by the global Knowledge
Entrepreneurship development in the Creative Knowledge Economy
An overview of key areas of technology investment that have an immediate
and direct impact on economic development strategies.
A simplified view of a network, from the user perspective. An excellent
introduction to networks for people that feel uncomfortable discussing
An overview of the qualities and characteristics needed by community
leaders in the Knowledge Economy.
21st Century leadership
at a glance...
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