You can read our actual MissionStatement but below we have the discussion so you can see how we ended up there:

The original as of 12/06/2002

Personal Telco is a grass roots effort to empower people to build the infrastructure through which their data flows. By creating, packaging and disseminating Open Source tools, documentation and community support we are building city wide networks which are open to, and maintained by, the public.


Proposals

12/05/02

To promote and build public wireless networks through community support and education.

-- AdamShand


12/04/02

Personal Telco Project is a nonprofit organization which promotes public wireless Internet access through community support and education.

-- LonnieWormley


12/03/02

Personal Telco Project is a nonprofit organization which promotes public wireless access through community support and education.

--AaronBaer


12/03/02

Personal Telco Project is a non-profit organization which promotes alternative wireless access through community support and public education.

--AlinaJensen


A possible rewrite with education and no implimention statement:

Personal Telco Project is a Portland based grassroots effort which helps educate communities on how to build alternative wireless communication networks.

-- LonnieWormley 11/22/02


Proposed at a weekly meeting

Personal Telco is a Portland based grassroots effort which helps communities build alternative communication networks. By creating, packaging and disseminating Open Source tools, documentation and community support, we are building city wide wireless networks which are open to, and maintained by, the public.


A possible rewrite:

Personal Telco is a grass roots effort which empowers communities to build networks through which they exchange information. By creating, packaging and disseminating Open Source tools, documentation and community support, we are building city wide networks which are open to, and maintained by, the public.


The 7/18/02 Sam's Billiard's rewrite:

Personal Telco is a grass roots effort to build an Internet-connected wireless network in Portland Oregon. By deploying our own wireless access points, and providing the tools and support for others to do so, we are fostering the global growth of city-wide networks which are open to, and maintained by, the public.

Other Thoughts

For more thoughts you might like to see OurCharter page which was the prequel to this one.

Here is the Association for Community Networks (http://www.afcn.org/) definition of Community Networking:

I thought this was a good mission statement that was partially relevant from the [http://www.drupal.org/ Drupal] software team. -- AdamShand

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