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Welcome to afcn.org, your number one source for all product reviews and comparison. We’re dedicated to giving you the very best of all products, with a focus on comparison in average ratings, brand’s reputation and reasonable prices.

Founded in 2011 by Michael Maranda, afcn.org has come a long way from its beginnings in New York. When Michael Maranda first started out, his passion for friendly products drove them to do tons of research so that afcn.org can offer you reliable advices. We now serve customers all over USA, and are thrilled that we’re able to turn our passion into my own website.

About me

My name is Michael Maranda and I am a Machine Learning Developer for AFCN Technologies. I am an accomplished coder and programmer, and I enjoy using my skills to contribute to the exciting technological advances that happen every day at AFCN. I graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development. While in school, I earned the 2015 Edmund Gains Award for my exemplary academic performance and leadership skills.

I am obsessed with all things tech-related and I spend my free time building computers and developing my own software. I enjoy watching football, walking my Great Dane on Newport Beach and eating seafood tacos at local New York restaurants.

History of afcn.org

The Association For Community Networking (AFCN) was an educational nonprofit corporation dedicated to fostering and supporting “Community Networking” — community-based creation & provision of appropriate technology services of the highest quality with a broad range of uses. AFCN’s mission is to improve the visibility, viability and vitality of Community Networking by assisting and connecting people and organizations, building public awareness, identifying best practices, encouraging research, influencing policy, and developing products & services.

Background

We are in the midst of profound changes in our society, moving from manufacturing to an information-based economy. This change has resulted in social fragmentation, loss of trust in government, old jobs disappearing and the creation of new ones, media conglomeration, reduced faith in each other, and diminished hope among people without the means to keep up. At the same time many people feel disconnected in their work and personal worlds. Appropriate, community-based, applications of information and communication technology offer the possibility of helping to address these issues, while at the same time reconnecting people and empowering them to decide for themselves what is best for their communities.

The potential of telecommunications is evident in the growth of the Internet, innovations in wireless technology, pervasive, inexpensive pagers and cellular phones. Used thoughtfully, these tools of the emerging electronic culture can help diminish the social, economic and physical isolation of our time. They can connect isolated communities to urban areas and allow one region to learn more about neighbors as well as distant towns and counties.

However, this new medium also can be clumsy and awkward; the technology is often still too complicated for many people. And, as the medium grows, the issues surrounding its use also seem to grow so much that the complexity of it all can seem overwhelming.

Communities need a way to assess and draw on local resources and strengths, to create local strategies to solve local problems. AFCN’s focus is to help find common-sense, practical ways to use the power of both electronic and personal contact to build healthy communities, and help each community decide for itself how they want to use technology.

Community Networks

Over the past two decades a wide variety of projects have been launched to bring the benefits of electronic networks to citizens, students, government agencies, small businesses, libraries, schools, and non-profit groups.
There are currently more than 150 active, identified community or civic networks, and they have taken many forms and offer a wide variety of services. The result has been the beginning of a new grassroots movement in the United States.

Yet this movement has lacked a consistent voice and dependable support. The AFCN provides leadership and guidance so people can spend their time and money building up their communities, rather than creating these tools from the ground up.

The AFCN is the national organization trying to address the challenges that the thousands of cities and towns and communities not yet online face and to assist the networks that are struggling to continue and to understand why many have not succeeded. The organization helps provide a framework to understand and remedy some of the problems facing community networks at the end of this century.

AFCN has a small membership with long experience in starting and running community networks and a working board of dedicated and knowledgeable supporters. The membership is forming a network that is generating its own projects and collaborations. These projects are furthering the goals of the organization and are helping to build social capital across people, economic groups, and organizations. Membership is open to individuals, institutions, small businesses, large corporations, government agencies, foundations and non-profit organizations.

AFCN Development and Funding

The initial AFCN planning effort was funded by some of its future constituents, Apple Inc., and the University of Michigan, among others. AFCN formal organizational development and startup was funded by the Kellogg Foundation and the Morino Institute, with continued support from those involved in its planning. Long-term, we expect financial support for AFCN to come primarily from membership dues, services and products, and grants.