Steps to start a Community Network (CN) or an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or a Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) or a Shared Network Backbone (Commons Network)

"The internet is like a dam. Building a network is like building pipes to the dam. First you have to see where the dam is. Then you have to find the pipes and learn how to connect them. Then you have to connect them. Then you have to connect taps where people can use them - and in all this you have to figure out how you will pay for the pipes - are you going to sell the pipes, or the water (the data)?"

The network is also like a road - it is a digital road that connects your community to opportunities to communicate and earn money in the digital economy, from right where you live, you can do work and earn money in other countries, without leaving home.

This is some steps you can take to build this road. If you charge too much for people to use the road, they will not be able to get to the opportunities - and if you charge too little, you will not be able to build a good road that can carry lots of people. These steps will help you figure out how much to charge and how to get help, and more importantly, how to start.

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It's easy to get caught up in all the planning and paperwork. Don't get caught up in it - get your hands dirty by making your first connection, right now.

If you already have a connection, make one for someone else. The reason that this is important is because it will help you to see a part of the work that somebody will have to do.

Where is the closest mobile tower, or fiber optic network connection point? Go there and connect. This will help you get your mind in the right space so that you can see what the practical problems are, or how easy it could be.

But don't make the mistake of thinking that every connection will be exactly the same. Sometimes your first "customer" can be the most difficult one - don't let that discourage you.