After discussing this issue time and time again, with community after community, we finally recorded our thoughts on how communities should get started when considering a community network. Eric Lampland, the guy behind Lookout Point Communications, is our guest on Community Broadband Bits podcast episode 246. We talk about common mistakes and the importance of developing a comprehensive vision when evaluating an investment or partnership to improve Internet access. We also talk a little about the importance of some technical knowledge and having at least one person championing the effort. This is not something a consultant can do for you – someone in the community has to take ownership and responsibility. These are very important considerations for any community considering what it should be doing in the modern era.Read the transcript of the show here.Eric has also been a guest on Episode 128 “Open Access and Incumbent Challenges” and Episode 84 “Justifying a Network with Indirect Cost Savings.”We want your feedback and suggestions for the show-please e-mail us or leave a comment below.This show is 33 minutes long and can be played on this page or via iTunes or via the tool of your choice using this feed.You can download this mp3 file directly from here. Listen to other episodes here or view all episodes in our index.Thanks to Break the Bans for the music. The song is Escape and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.