Rural Economic Development, Broadband And Mabel

I haven’t been in Hoots much lately and I don’t expect that’s going to change anytime soon, so I decided to go hunt down my former boss, The Businator.

Most people’s hobbies include knitting, crafts, coin-collecting and autograph seeking. Not me, dagnabbit, I want to talk about paranormal crap, Bigfoot, politics and, my favorite, economic development. I realize that I’m not that much fun.

No, I wasn’t stalking the Businator but occasionally I seek him out because he’s my Sensai to a large degree and I had some information that I wanted to talk to him about. Mabel, of course because I’m eccentric and like an old, broke, much less attractive version of Paris Hilton because my dog goes with me when I talk bidness. (I know. In many ways its fabulous. On a side note, The Businator had dog treats in his pocket for his own dog because apparently that’s the only way he can get into his house in the evenings, which of course, Mabel found fascinating. She eyed me with suspicion that I had not taken up this ritual for her as well.)

I attended Paul Von Hoeson’s session at BarCamp over the weekend and I wanted to talk about Broadband Connectivity in rural areas and how that could be a positive force of change. Paul knows The Businator so we sat down and so I updated him on what was said, what a BarCamp actually was and told him in somewhat rambling detail that, yes, these sessions were held at a bar.

You see, those of us who live in the sticks know that the upside of the Internet is that it can create opportunities for young people. (The downside, of course, is … umm … porn and LOLcats maybe?) Paul’s information is very intriguing for us here in Hoots. After his session, I thought about how to become more active in participating locally in assisting this to happen.

Key words right now in many political campaigns regards the issue of rural accessibility. The thing is, and I believe this, that those of us who live in these areas that care about this stuff need to get involved. The Businator and I know this is imperative. And if this infrastructure is in place, folks wanting to invest money and jobs in our area will be more keen to do it. Why? Because it is what it is. We are talking about communication in not only business, but in educational advancements.

I sometimes get mocked a little bit for my fascination with these things, but the Businator doesn’t do that. We talk about these things quite a bit and he feeds my econ development addiction. Why he hangs with me sometime I have no idea because I realize I’m a bit of weirdo.

One thing though, we know it’s important for development in our backyard and can create opportunities.

People didn’t think cars would be that useful back in the day and look what happened there.

Just saying.

5 comments for “Rural Economic Development, Broadband And Mabel

  1. October 20, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Can you tell me who did your layout? I’ve been looking for one kind of like yours. Thank you.

  2. October 20, 2009 at 9:15 am

    It was actually a template, Darryl. I think I actually got it from wordpress.

  3. October 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    The car analogy is SO right on. In my NC days I was involved with It was seen as this indy internet provider for rural Western NC. While we all might cringe at dial-up, this was/is the only option for rural areas to have internet where the budget, much less the cell reception, might be little or even absent. Broadband is the niche now, service is growing and so is the relocation and creation of internet start-ups in WNC.

    Every day the internet transforms how I do business and how we access information. There is also a trend to juxtapose a high tech job with a simple rural lifestyle. In Hoots, this quaint life is a marketable commodity with the bonus of a University in town. To live out of the hustle while still accessing it through high speed internet is how you draw in a high quality of life and keep it. You not only open commerce up to new business, existing businesses upgrade their technology too.

    Right now I’m having flashbacks to the ditto machine at Hoots Jr. High and that sweet smell of carbon sheets. We are past that. Time to keep moving access to communication forward!

  4. October 20, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Know what I’m watchin’, right now?

    Southern Fried Bigfoot, on the Documentary Channel.

    How could I NOT drop by to share that?!

    Do you get that channel in your travels? Here, it’s one of the local PBS channels, at certain times. It will likely repeat.

  5. October 21, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Oh, dear. That sounds marvelous. I must use my google-fu at this very moment to find it.

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