About Local Shares Networks

Local Shares Networks are social tools in your own community for sharing anything you might otherwise buy or lend. Examples include:

  • Share books, movies, and audio discs that you are not using anytime soon.
    Get access to more media collections in return!
  • Share tools and crafting aids that you aren’t using right now.
    Get access to more tools and creative aids when you need them.
  • Share news, how-to knowledge, civic access, and other public information reliably.
    Grow your local knowledge base.
  • Share transport, space, time, and buying power.
    Parties, potlucks, carpools, hobby clubs, games, and bulk purchases can be more inclusive and better organized in our shared network of neighbors.
  • Share Internet bandwidth and direct network connections.
    The big Internet companies don’t want you to know their big secret: they save money (and make more profit on your back) by sharing their network connections for free. It’s called “peering”, and you can do it with your neighbors and other peers. You’ve never needed those turkeys at all.

Here are the proposed monthly costs for different membership levels:

  • $5 Voter Membership
    Individual vote on all major cooperative concerns and the Board of Directors, and Board seat eligibility;
  • $15 Sharing Membership
    Voting rights for all household members age 16 or above, and early access to all sharing tools, including at least one email address with your local cooperative’s domain name;
  • $66 Network Membership
    All of the above with basic Internet access, as part of the community mesh network. Specific available Internet bandwidth and additional costs vary by address and added services (such as phone and TV)*.

Multiply by 11x for annual membership prepayment (a full month discount!).

*The fastest and least expensive way to increase all services and network bandwidth is to have all your neighbors who share property borders join your local cooperative as Network Members with you. Any low income qualifying neighbors may be eligible for local Shares Network membership and hardware cost subsidies as they become available through donations and grants.

Sign up here today!

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