Last Mile Dot Earth is a SAS, Social Platform and Online Collaboration System geared to help provide the resources necessary to create enterprise value for locally owned small businesses and startups in Minority and Disadvantaged areas of the US.
Why we do it?
First, there are over 80 billion dollars worth of programs and grants that are available today. We feel that people in the local areas could benefit from the majority of those funds being used by local companies and organizations. This should have a far greater effect on local economies if the award goes to a local organization, as opposed to a multinational conglomerate.
Second,, We see a good potential here to profit from disrupting rural broadband while doing good
That amount included $3.2 billion for a $50-a-month emergency broadband benefit for low-income households and those that have suffered a significant loss of income in 2020, and a $75-a-month rebate for those living on tribal lands.
It also included $1 billion in grants for tribal broadband programs, $300 million for rural broadband grants, and funds toward telehealth, broadband mapping, and broadband in communities surrounding historically Black colleges and universities.
Yet, as more than 55 million students moved to online learning during the pandemic, one in five teens, ages 13 to 17, reported being unable to do their homework “often” or “sometimes” because of unreliable Internet access.
- Twelve million children were without internet access altogether.
- 70% of children in the Kansas City school district did not have internet access at home
School starts again in a few weeks and the situation has not gotten much better.
7% of the New infrastructure bill, some 65 billion dollars is allocated to Broadband Infrastructure for Minority and Disadvantaged areas of the US. These funds have arrived to late for the students starting the 2021 School Year next month. Something has to change quickly, or Twelve million children will be without internet access altogether for a second year, and 70% of children in the Kansas City school district will not have internet access at home again this year.
Last year students were sent home during the pandemic to home school. 12 million of those students have no internet access at home. They lost an entire school year, and they are about to loose yet another year. They will be 20 when they graduate high school. Which they will not. The digital divide is widening and we are about to loose an entire generation.
Michael Noel – Co-Founder Last Mile Dot Earth
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What are we doing about it?
While most are waiting for funding to start, Last Mile Dot Earth is growth hacking Traction!
LastMile.Earth establishes innovation centers throughout Minority and Disadvantaged areas of the US about to go live with broadband internet (not satellite) for the first time.
LastMile.Earth provides these innovation centers and the local innovators with the resources necessary for exponential growth in Digital Commerce. …. Including an initial BroadBand connection provided by a sponsor.
Last Mile Dot Earth has been working over the last year to develop the agreements and the infrastructure necessary to support innovators in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas.
Last Mile Dot Earth has an agreement in place to provide 4g mobile bandwidth from multiple major carriers starting at $210.00 a Terabyte un-throttled
Last Mile Dot Earth has an agreement in place to provide devices that can use 4G mobile band with to deliver Wireless 2.4g and 5g band with to users within 100 foot.
Last Mile Dot Earth has an agreement in place with a large Universal Communications Organization to provide most other equipment, gear, and or consulting services.
Last Mile Dot Earth has an plan in place to provide Wireless Internet Services to Millions of students who are currently not served or are under-served.
Last Mile Dot Earth has an plan in place coach hundreds of local people on how to provide Wireless Internet service to the local neighborhood.
Last Mile Dot Earth has an plan in place coach hundreds of local people on how sell locally produced goods and services, to a more global audience using Digital Marketing
Last Mile Dot Earth has teams starting in 5 States currently
New Mexico, A large behavioral health organization in New Mexico have reached out to me personally expressing interest in bringing Bandwidth to rural Grants and Gallop areas for Telemedicine
Texas, We are working with a Group out of Ranger Texas. They have unused equipment and commercial property that was once a part of a now defunct communications company. We have offered to structure a 1 year lease, 1st 6 months, one dollar, second 6 months at normal market rate, with an option to renew for 10 years.
Louisiana, We have a second team starting up in Columbia Louisiana, several members of that group worked as tower dogs at one time or another. We just need to get back out there and set them up.
Arkansas, We have spoke with and collected the information from 4 small cities in Arkansas all along the I-35W corridor. We have several potential locations for innovation centers in Arkansas, we just need to get back out there and set them up.
Missouri, We have equipment and interested friends in Missouri, we just need to get back out there and set them up.
Current Work Flow –
1. First Last Mile Dot Earth is compiling and sharing with its membership, a list of Government Programs and Grants which could provide –
A. Funding for Broadband Infrastructure Build out to Rural and Disadvantaged Areas.
B. Funding to provide Devices to students and families in Minority and Disadvantaged areas of the US.
C. Funding to create course ware instructing local people how to stay safe on the internet, how to access services on the internet, how to find remote worker jobs.
D. Funding to create courseware instructing local people how to start businesses to sell goods and services digitally. An example might be, to teach local people and businesses how to apply for grants to teach Digital Literacy using Digital Literacy grants.
E. Last Mile Dot Earth is looking for Grants to help fund the current operations and to provide sponsorship for local innovation centers.
As a note here, we think the Broadband Infrastructure Build out should be done by local companies and build hyper local enterprise value.
As a note here, any curriculum could be provided through the LearnDash Pro LMS provided, gratis, to Last Mile Dot Earth members (also gratis).
2. Next Last Mile Dot Earth is compiling and sharing with its membership information on how at a local level, new and existing small business could begin build out the wireless infrastructure necessary to provide Broadband to Minority and Disadvantaged areas of the US.
This information includes how to start your very own Neighborhood Wisp and how to Create Municipal Broadband Networks.
Support for Municipal Broadband
Recently Consumer Reports survey gathered information on municipal broadband services, in which a town or city offers its own internet plans to residents, often in partnership with a private company.
These city-run services may provide fast connections to people’s homes in neighborhoods where none are available from other internet service providers. They can also introduce competition—and often lower prices—in markets that lack it.
Many of these municipal broadband services are popular with their customers. EPB, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for example, has periodically showed up at the top of Consumer Reports’ telecom ratings for internet providers.
About 20 states have curtailed or banned such internet services to prevent local governments from competing with private enterprises.
Consumer Reports and other advocacy groups have long opposed such restrictions. Most Americans share that view. Three out of 4 Americans feel that municipal broadband services should be allowed to help ensure that all Americans have equal access to the internet.
According to the survey, the level of support varies with political affiliation but is shared by majorities of Democrats (85 percent), independents (74 percent), and Republicans (63 percent).
3. Last Mile Dot Earth is compiling and sharing with its membership information on how at a local level, new and existing small business could begin to make, grow, harvest, provide local goods and services digitally.
Ebay is full of cutting boards, hardwood cutting boards go for 60 to 70 dollars each. Why cant someone in a rural area start a group to make hardwood cutting boards from scraps from a local mill?
They would need marketing, so let’s get another group to market for them. So that is 2 groups now.
Did you know that Arkansas is the Quartz Crystal Capitol of the world? And Quartz Crystals fetch a ton on the ol interwebs.
They would need marketing, so the second group can market for them. So that is 3 groups now.
In the not too distant future, gamification and Tokenization will be necessary for almost any company or organization. Intranets where customer service, sales engineering, sales, and training all happen simultaneously in real time will take over the current corporate environment. This requires moderation, there is a big demand for experienced Social Media Moderators. We should set up courseware to teach Social Media Moderation.
So that is 4 groups now.
And what about Creating your own WISP? We need to create teams in hundreds of small towns to create local Metropolitan Network and WISP’s –
We are at thousands of jobs and hundreds of local people with enterprise value.
Last Mile Dot Earth – Filling the Digital Divide Last Mile by Last Mile
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