The mission of our organization is to facilitate the adoption of revolutionary decentralized infrastructure technology to solve one of the most pressing problems our rural communities face: the lack of access to modern broadband. This limited connectivity has lead to much of our country being cut off from vital services and had a disproportionately negative impact on both individuals and businesses to even be aware of these dramatic shifts in technology (let alone adapt to them), leaving them at a severe disadvantage when compared to cities and wealthy areas that can afford to keep up with this rapid development of technological standards that are driving change of the world economy into the future.
By leveraging cutting edge blockchain technology platforms to provide communities with invaluable knowledge and the hands-on resources needed to build this vital infrastructure we can stop the endless cycle of “catch-up” our rural communities have been struggling with, continually using previous generation solutions to try and solve next generation problems.
With the power these technologies have to level the playing field and further democratize the internet itself, given the proper guidance we can provide the necessary solutions to our broadband crisis and the ever-widening digital divide. With these technologies being more accessible than ever we can provide modern connectivity to even the smallest and most disconnected communities and help bring them into the 21st century by provide them the services and the tools needed to participate in the global economy.
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The Future is Decentralized
The rapid adoption of blockchain technology across every industry and the advent of the web3.0 has created an entirely new variety of infrastructure that operates our modern world: decentralized infrastructure. Decentralized infrastructure creates a new world of fully transparent, trust-less, multi-stakeholder systems where no one person, corporation, or government has total control, but instead is distributed proportionately to every participant in the system. This has opened an unprecedented level of accessibility for personal ownership where individuals can hold a stake in systems and infrastructure that has historically been held exclusively by governments, large institutions, and national or multi-national corporations.
Most notably this has made accessible, for the first time, the creation of broadband and communications infrastructure to be built, owned, and monetized at the individual and community level.
Web 3.0: The Evolution of the Internet
In the beginning there was Bitcoin, a decentralized cryptocurrency designed to facilitate global payments without the need for a centralized issuing authority. Since Bitcoin’s inception in 2008 the underlying technology known as blockchain has grown at a breathtaking pace. Just as bitcoin sparked a fundamental paradigm shift in our financial systems, blockchain technology is being applied to virtually every type of core infrastructure we rely on: power grids, transportation, government services, identification, voting systems, legal and financial contracts, copywrite and intellectual property ownership, to the physical infrastructure that makes up the internet itself and the numerous layers of software that make it function. This (r)evolution in technological development is the driving force in what has come to define Web 3.0 — a series of distributed, decentralized, token-based standards that aim to not just further democratize the internet but fix many of the internet’s core problems and limitations.
We aim to work directly with communities in a variety of ways to meet them on their level and provide the resources they need to lift them up to where they need to be. Our model provides communities with three primary paths to build these networks and gain access to the fast and affordable connectivity that they need:
- We work in close coordination with the community to provide the full service of building and operating these broadband networks, whereby we handle all the logistics of ownership and operation of the core network, while still leaving full ownership of the last-mile infrastructure distributed to participating members of the community.
- We serve as the catalyst for communities to start their own autonomous broadband co-ops, as well as further providing them with long term guidance and any resources they can’t otherwise locally source to ensure their organization and network are successful in continuing to grow and evolve to meet future needs.
- We advise or partner with existing local ISP’s that are facing challenges in connecting hard to reach customers, helping them to improve their operations and expand their service area.
Regardless of the path each communities chooses we can provide a solution that not only meets their needs for the necessary infrastructure that can provide them modern connectivity, but can help foster the creation of successful organizations that can provide highly skilled, highly desirable, sustainable jobs typically unavailable in most rural communities, provide vital services that local businesses need to grow and operate more efficiently, and help attract outside economic stimulus.
Further details around our services can be found here.
Board of Directors
The Pacific Northwest Rural Broadband Alliance is a non-profit organization and registered 501c3 (EIN: 85-1859193)