Structure of a new sustainable community network
This section proposes that the services of a community network be divided
into three different organizational parts:
- Distributed Community information
- Information would be hosted on free-space payed for completely by
independent sponsors. We already have a community managed news
distribution system, and we already have a large number of providers and
consultants willing to house community information on their WEB servers and
host mailing lists for free. Since there is no centralized control of
this information, no one organization can attempt to censor any other
individual or organization. Essentially the community network becomes an
open medium for community information that represents the entire
- Community subsidized 'on-ramp' and training system.
- Individuals and organizations who do not have the knowledge or money
in order to get access to the online community would be subsidized by
donations from those that are already part of the community. The
services would come in the form of donations of time for
training, donations of equipment, as well as donations of money.
Phone lines for access to the community information, as well as the
hardware required to allow users access could be managed by a number of
- Community Network umbrella organization.
This organization would be one that does not itself own or manage
equipment, but would be comprised of many members of the Ottawa online
community. This organization's purpose would be to try to obtain funding to
pay for the on-ramp and training system, as well as being a place
to manage the large information and volunteer base that would become
available. It would try to get people in touch with each other in order
to allow volunteers to be in contact with organizations that need their
specific skill sets.
Last Modified: Dec 13, 1995