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Albion Interactive History

Albion Interactive History / Organizations

Forks Initiative
 
    

What is the Forks?

The Forks Initiative is a membership based community network in Albion, Michigan, administered by theAlbion Public Library and serving the City of Albion, Albion Township and Sheridan Township.Membership is open to individuals, non profits, and businesses.

The Mission of the Forks is to provide local access to electronic information that meets the diverseeducational, cultural and informational needs of our community equitably and cost effectively. The ForksInitiative focuses on access and the digital divide; consulting, support, and training; and recruitment oftechnology businesses. These areas will be addressed through such services as web hosting, e-mailaccounts, DNS service, customized training, and consulting.

Starting in 1995, the Forks began by providing affordable internet access before commercial providers cameto the greater Albion area.

When Albion College and the greater Albion community received a HUD (Housing and UrbanDevelopment) grant and a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Forks expanded in order to providea structure for accomplishing some community projects.

These projects include:

  • Providing Internet access computers for public use in the the Public Library, the Volunteer Center, theGreater Albion Chamber of Commerce and City Hall.
  • Automating the public and school libraries
  • Providing free training for all community members through Albion College
  • Working with the City of Albion on the Cable Committee and GIS project
  • Assisting the creation of community technology centers in public housing.

How to Join
Any individual, non profit organization or for profit organization in the City of Albion, Albion Township orSheridan Township can join the Forks. Individuals with Internet passwords through the Forks may keepthem as general members. New passwords are available to regular members and partners.

The monthly Forks networking meetings (second Monday of each month, 11:30 to 1 pm at the PublicLibary) are open to the public. If you would like to be on the technology listserv, to be reminded aboutForks meetings and receive other information about technology issues, please send an email toinfo@forks.org requesting to be placed on the listserv.General Membership $100 per year

  • Membership on advisory board, attendance at monthly networking meeting
  • Internet access for existing subscribers
  • Consulting at member rate
  • Network specification and design, RFP evaluation, hardware and softwarerecommendations, web design, referrals, and limited hardware and software troubleshooting as available per hour.

    Regular Membership

  • $250 per year non-profits & individual
  • $300 per year for-profits
  • Membership on advisory board, attendance at monthly networking meeting
  • Network specification and design, RFP evaluation, hardware and softwarerecommendations, web design, referrals, and limited hardware andsoftware troubleshooting as available per hour
  • Web hosting services
  • Up to 20 MB web hosting space within Forks domain
  • E-mail accounts: one e-mail account with 20 MB of space
  • Template webpage
  • Fee-based services
  • Additional space 10MB, $20/yr 50 MB maximum
  • Each additional e-mail account, $20/yr
  • Domain purchasing & pointing $70 per year (pointing only$35/year)
  • Search engine submission $125
  • Customized training market price
  • Internet passwords (current holders) $50 per year
  • Listservs $50/yr

    Partners

  • $5,000 per year
  • Membership on advisory board, attendance at monthly networking meeting
  • Web hosting services: up to 50MB space
  • Email accounts: up to 11 with 20 MB of space
  • 30 hours consulting
  • One Listserv
  • Fee-based services
  • Each additional e-mail account, $20/yr
  • Domain purchasing & pointing $70/yr
  • Search engine submission $125
  • Customized training market price
  • Server hosting $1,600 per year
  • Internet Passwords $50/yr
  • Listservs $50/yr

    Source: Albion Community Web Server and Community Network in Calhoun County Michigan, http://www.forks.org/about/