Broadband Networking as Craft

At a CANARIE conference in Vancouver last week, the most cyberpunk thing I saw was Open Net Craft.

It’s a set of instructions, available on a CD, for a small business person or group in a remote or rural town in British Columbia to bring in their own broadband access to their community. It’s dedicated to the idea that it’s done as craft, not as science or technology – it’s all about simple howtos that a lay person can handle. There’s a real commitment to taking the tech, money and knowledge from the ‘city slickers’ and expensive consultants and putting it in the hands of the communities – and it’s working.

“The street finds its own uses for things” – William Gibson