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Social Media Archeology and Poetics$
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Judy Malloy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.001.0001

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The Art of Tele-Community Development: The Telluride Infozone

The Art of Tele-Community Development: The Telluride Infozone

(p.277) 19 The Art of Tele-Community Development: The Telluride Infozone
Social Media Archeology and Poetics

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The InfoZone, a project of the Telluride Institute in southwest Colorado, was an early example-setting community networking initiative, cited for being the first rural Internet PoP in 1992-93, and the first spread-spectrum wireless community-wide network in 1995. The InfoZone began as a First Class BBS network in the late 1980s, before connecting to the Internet, via Colorado Supernet in 1992, with support from the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute. Added early partnership support came from Apple's Library of Tomorrow program, IBM and the NTIA. In summer 1993, Telluride Institute hosted its annual Ideas Festival on “Tele-Community”, bringing together leading thinkers and doers to discuss issues of ‘community’ in the emergent Internetworked society. Before shutting down in the late 1990s, the InfoZone had 1200 subscribers (Telluride population: 1800), hosting online government, healthcare, library services, schools, arts, research, religion, business and tourism information and discussions, and was widely studied.

Keywords:   InfoZone, Telluride InfoZone, Telluride Institute, Community Networking, Bulletin Board Systems, Ideas Festival - “Tele-Community”, Colorado Supernet, Wireless Community Networking, Internetworked Society

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