is now a book of 132 pages available on Amazon.com. It is based on this blog which was written during 2011 and 2012. Below is the Amazon description.
My Rural Broadband Journey, the one year trail to high-speed is a compilation of a blog series. It chronicles my journey to high-speed Internet in rural America. I decided in May 2011 to discover what stood between our house and broadband service, .6 miles up the road.
We live ten miles from Cornell University and it became important for my work as a communications professional and for our viability as landlords, to be part of Web 2.0 and the high-speed Internet world.
In addition, we wanted all the luxuries afforded our contemporaries: video streaming; e-file; Amazon; YouTube DIY videos; online banking; and Skype.
I began researching and talking to people about my rural broadband problem and reported the results in over forty-five web logs. During the year, I drilled down to discover the complex systems preventing a connection to the 21st century.
I estimate that during the year I attended six public meetings and had
• 11 conversations with our local fortune 500 high-speed provider
• 4 conversations with the NYSPSC
• 3 conversations with local media reporters
• 11 conversations with our neighbors
• 1 conversation with the FCC
• 1 conversation with the BBC
Blog readers wrote to me and commented on my investigation. I read some blog posts to my writers’ group. After several sessions, one of our group members, a retired engineer, slapped his hand down on the table, and said:
“I hate to be the one to tell you this, but nothing short of an intervention from God, is going to fix this situation.”
I believe this book, laced with humor and rich with data and questions, may save people from wasting time as they struggle along the digital divide. This is a good case study in the profit motive: it can control a nation, if we let it. I also believe there are implications in this story for the dangers of net neutrality.
This is not a dry report on the boring topic of rural broadband; this is the day-to-day struggle of life without it.
Here are some sample sections from the book:
Broadband 5…and so the story continues ~What exactly is a Time Warner Cable survey?
24 hours in the life of the less connected ~Time & money: costs of being less connected
#rural broadband: Do we have the technology? ~Is it that we can’t as a nation or that we won’t?
US BROADBAND NOW: Are you kidding me…please say it ain’t so: Kenya to get $40 million in US aid for its national broadband strategy
Tompkins County Legislature’s Special Committee on Broadband will meet Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in Lansing, NY
~Sketch of a system
About the author: Claire Perez holds a M.S. in Communications from the Roy H. Park School at Ithaca College. Ms. Perez has taught for twenty years, including ten years as a secondary social studies instructor and three as a college lecturer. In addition, she has worked and volunteered in community education in Ithaca, New York
rural broadband, digital divide, high-speed Internet, net neutrality, last mile, fiber to the home, wireless broadband