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When all else fails, do it yourself. This pretty much sums up the popularity and the effectiveness of community cooperatives (co-ops) in bringing broadband to rural and small-town America. Communities that big incumbents have ignored are getting what they want when local businesses and other stakeholders band together.
Wally Bowen, founder and executive director of the very successful Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) in Asheville, N.C., is a huge fan of co-ops. He shares with listeners secrets to MAIN's success, and explains the basics for forming a co-op in your community.
2012 could be the year of the broadband co-op. Check out this interview! Listen, learn, do.
It's good to talk.