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  •  I haven't disagreed with the build-for-needs (1+ / 0-)
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    approach in any of my posts here - like I said, it's really just basic network planning, more or less.  That works fine.

    "Terabytes of information" were one of the items I was comparing to beyond-reservation access: as smart as you can be in a starting point to provide lots of useful, local databases in a centralized (or distributed, if you make copies across the nodes) manner, with email and webcam-like services, the larger Internet experience is immense in comparison.

    I see intranets as usually holding local data of interest that doesn't need a wider audience at first (for interest and/or security reasons), but it can certainly host other data while growing into a more widely connected scheme, I agreed.  My point was that you can't compare the two fairly: just note that useful info can be hosted in the short term locally, while you wait for a larger hookup to expand content and experience access should seem enough of a selling point.

    "Broadband" didn't need to imply that the residents on a reservation must wait for individual hookups to each residence, I felt.  Maybe we read the Chairman's quotes that you offered differently.  It could just as easily start as a shared gateway point, depending upon resources and funds available.  Or, the satellite hookups (which are poor at uplinks, but if it's what you can get, it's what you can get), etc.

    So, I applaud moving forward in a practical fashion, just don't see the need to potentially oversell the solution from what it is - the value is already clear without claiming it's 90% of what Broadband-linked Internet connectivity can give you.  Again, this idea seemes based on growth in tiers of access to local hard drive contents, the local intranet node and onwards - standard network planning, in a lot of respects, which is a firm idea.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Tue Mar 16, 2010 at 11:33:27 AM PDT

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    •  An Intranet Is More Important Than The Internet (1+ / 0-)
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      For a community in distress.

      Tribes living on reservations could use these intranets to convey to other tribe members the tribe's language, culture and history.

      Issues like diabetes, alcoholism, joblessness, illiteracy, can be the laser focus of a community intranet on a reservation.

      A local community portal with an interactive map of where to shop, dine, points of interest -- a local copy of Google Maps that syncs periodically while the community populates that map.

      This localization of the internet is the future of muniwireless as the internet goes pervasive.  I diaried this in The (Inevitable) Future of Muniwireless.  When the internet is everywhere, it will be most valuable where you are.  The locals will own the local market.  

      I have recently returned from New Orleans.  The grassroots energy I found there was remarkable. The federal, state, and local government all failed them, so the rebuilding came from the neighborhoods themselves, local, grassroots.

      I think that community wireless can happen from the bottom up as well, and will, since it will be the communities themselves creating and managing the content.

      Maybe we should also look to inform each other more as communities, have our tribal elders, make more decisions as groups even as we go consult the web?

      The network will grow organically of course, but only to the extent that the community finds it useful.  The network could facilitate a skills exchange that led to the building of a new school.  What happens when social networking goes local?  I think we are about to find out.

      All of Us are Smarter Than Any of Us

      by organize on Tue Mar 16, 2010 at 11:56:09 AM PDT

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