Steve Cisler: A community networking pioneer

Steve Cisler passed away today from complications due to cancer. Steve was an early pioneer in the U.S. community networking movement, and helped many of us in the early nineties as local community network projects were starting up. Steve was at Apple Computer then, and he was able to provide important and often critical funding and equipment for local projects. One of Steve's contributions was to provide an Apple Web server to the Blacksburg library near the start of the Blacksburg Electronic Village. That server provided Web sites for local community groups for several years, at a time when it was more difficult and expensive to purchase Web hosting commercially.

Steve also helped organize and manage some of the earliest conferences on community networking. Many of us stood on Steve's shoulders.

Richard Lowenberg has set up a Blogger site for notes about Steve. Please post all comments there.

Some Steve's writing is here.