The growing disparity between the quality of the Internet in urban areas compared to rural communities is scandalous. It reflects the self-interest that governs Internet infrastructure.
In today’s issue of Future Fibre, let’s take a look at one of the most celebrated and successful stories, EPB, or the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga Tennessee, providers of what may be the world’s fastest residential Internet service, at a blazing 10 Gbit/s.
In the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, KiN, or the Kaslo infoNet Society, has been able to provide high speed broadband Internet to residents at reasonable prices.
There’s a growing number of municipalities who are recognizing the value of community owned infrastructure.
Combining fibre and wireless connectivity, Guifi.net focuses on empowering local communities and individual users as a grassroots organization that seeks social empowerment as well as the recognition that access to the Internet is a human right.
Rather than begin by building a comprehensive guide, our plan is to build an actual micro-ISP, and share the process via this series. This includes sharing the stories of other community based ISPs, as we’ve done and will continue to do, which are both a source of inspiration and knowledge.
As the agricultural industry is transformed by technology, farmers are embracing the hacker ethos, and this includes connectivity. Farmers often have access to heavy equipment, and therefore the ability to take the Internet into their own hands.
An rural ISP in Guelph Eramosa TownshipAs part of our ongoing Future Fibre series we’re profiling community networks to learn about their challenges, solutions, context, and insights. In today’s issue we
Broadband populism finally seems to be having its moment. The combination of high prices and low quality service has not only provoked a growing number of people to complain, but it is now incentivizing politicians to regard telecom reform as a viable and popular policy.
There’s a range of reasons why we should be just as serious about high speed Internet in the far north as we are in the rest of the country.
In a bid to get attention and demonstrate their desire to take Britain in a radical new direction, the UK Labour party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, has proposed free fibre to the home, i.e. broadband communism. Free, fast, and unlimited Internet access for all British people.
Prioritizing a better internet connection is an important short term policy that will enable a broad range of long term policies.