#4 Mind Map

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4 Responses to “#4 Mind Map

  • I like where this is headed, James. You have some great initial thoughts here. However, I think some of what you’ve done could be expanded a bit more. This is a super complex issue, and I want you to dig into the complexity of it. I think you will find that it is easier later on if you really have all of your bits and pieces “mapped out” and if you know your issue like the back of your hand. I can’t wait to see this project unfold!

    Best,
    Ella

    • Yes, I totally agree. I need to figure out what’s my main focus, who my main audience is, and what are the possible outcomes?

  • Hi James,

    Thanks for sharing your mind map. It gives me a sense of the core of your project, though I would love to know more about the detailed questions and concerns you’re exploring. Like I mentioned last week, I wonder about the what specific business and/or educational opportunities are most limited by lack of high-speed internet, and who you could speak with to get a first-hand perspective on these impacts. It would be interesting to see a “branch” about some of the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving high-speed internet for all. Have you had a chance to learn anything about the environmental and/or economic issues behind the digital divide? I encourage you to dig into these details, as this is what will allow you to propose meaningful and achievable change.

    – Fallon

    • Thanks for responding. Yes, I have plenty more to research and look into this week and flush out more of the details. I think that there are people who lack high-speed internet that want to be a part of the online community, such as: starting up businesses or advertising/marketing. I realize that there are issues around economical and environmental issues. I know that in cities most broadband is wireline, which is costly but efficient because of how many people use that connection. If this method was used in rural communities, it would not be cost effective, which is why most families rely on wireless broadband by a satellite transmission and isn’t as reliable as fiber optic cables. The cost is the main reason why cable/telephone companies won’t run cables underground because it is not cost efficient in rural areas. The next thing I want to focus on is the ‘so what’ question if the youth in rural areas grow up without fast, reliable internet access. Are they at a disadvantage with urban areas? and how?

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