The Road Ahead
The Road Ahead
For those following us, this may be considered a late update and if that is the case I apologize :) It's been very time consuming and stressful just getting to this point so we've been taking the time to recuperate as well as react to the 2011-77 decision which was not as good as many would have hoped. We'll have a background summary report with videos of our presentation up soon, but the videos can be viewed from our facebook page early as a thank you to our early supporters.
In the meantime this post is meant to be about the direction we're going. In the coming weeks this site will begin to be reorganized to be much more of an international resource on broadband including a behavioural database on ISP's and what their track record has been with their customers up to this point. This will be not so much of an "ISP review" initiative but a bigger view on specific corporate directions they've taken such as throttling, imposing or lowering caps as well as more positive things like contributing to the local community or being a strong proponent for net neutrality and bringing greater service to the customers they serve. Much of the resources are already linked to on our forums and we'll be combining things there with what we've been collecting internally i.e. broadband research and reports around the globe to give you a much more international picture on things going around the world. After the more "international flavour" is completed and there is a clearer message and picture of what this foundation is about in the long run then we'll being to expand our public presence more considerably. We'll be speeding up and slowing down a bit if that makes any sense ;) We'll be slowing down since the frequency of what's been happening internally has been more than what our team has been able to keep up with in the run up to Tuesday's decision so we'll be slowing down to get things better organized and for everyone to be on the same page. At the same time we are speeding up now that we don't have to deal with the CRTC's processes anymore, at least for the time being and can refocus on our own direction.
We've also reorganized what we consider staff vs contributors. Michelle Ventress will be handling communications for the time being while we've also moved many who have only contributed on special occasions or sporadically over to contributors. Staff requirements are quite demanding (the leadership already does a lot if you guys haven't noticed :) ) but this is a much bigger effort than most people can reasonably commit. We've also picked up some extra help we'll be happy to announce soon :)
Lastly, we are refocusing on map building. The CRTC's 2011-77 decision was an immediate call to action that left us with little time to do anything else but it's also steered us quite far from our original goals. Challenging or figuring out if the rates proposed by that decision are even workable will take some time, and is more of the ISP's burden. Mapwise our priorities are to organize the international research we have thus far as well as turn our attention to highlight community broadband efforts in the US, as well as regions that will be left with no other choices if AT&T and Cox imposes caps and begins billing on metering already taking place.
If you are a regular visitor thanks for the support so far and things are only just beginning :)