Silicon Prairie: America’s New Internet Economy – The Documentary – Now Available For Download


After watching the US government threaten the Internet with bills like SOPA and PIPA, Internet entrepreneurs from Reddit set out to “campaign for the Internet” during the 2012 presidential election season. Traveling from Denver, Colorado to Danville, Kentucky during the presidential and vice presidential debates, the Internet 2012 Bus Tour explored the potential that the Open Internet holds to promote our economy – not just in Silicon Valley, but in cities and towns and farms all over America.

Silicon Prairie: America’s New Internet Economy brings high-tech examples of success, good news, and growth from business owners, startups, politicians, and Internet users in The Heartland. The message of the film is simple – the growth of America’s economic future depends on internet policy that supports innovation and entrepreneurial revitalization.

The Silicon Prairie mini-documentary is now available for download via a pay-what-you-want model which will support future productions by the filmmakers. Contributors get the full film plus director commentary with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian + Reddit general manager Erik Martin + film director Nadeem Mazen and 5 extra short videos featuring internet luminaries from:, Skyvu Games, Widernet Project, Sparkfun Electronics, Kansas City Startup Village – the first with Google Fiber.

For more on the project check out Lessons Learned on the Road by Nadeem Mazen of Nimblebot and the AMA on the film that just took place on Reddit.


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