Open Internet

Internet Access for All

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Your DGB for today is to learn about the digital gap and support an organization that is trying to close it.

Imagine for a moment what your life here in late 2017 would look like right now if you had no Internet access. How would it change? The Internet provides entertainment, news, information, communication, and of course... DGB. But Internet connections are still relatively expensive and in some places not even available. It might surprise you to know that in some particularly impoverished areas of Detroit there is no Internet infrastructure. Lack of Internet access has powerful and negative implications that keep people poor. You can read more about the issue here: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/kz3xyz/detroit-mesh-network?utm_source=mbtwitter and here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/23/technology/unemployed-detroit-residents-are-trapped-by-a-digital-divide.html?_r=2.

One organization is attempting to remove this massive obstacle. They set up free wireless hotspots in Detroit communities with this problem. Please check out their important work here: http://detroitcommunitytech.org/eii. Can you help them by kicking over a few dollars? Then go here: https://www.alliedmedia.org/dctp/donate

Grab back and get people some Internet!

 

The FCC is Making a Huge Mistake

Your DGB for today is to contact the FCC to comment on the proposed new rules regulating the internet and demand the net remain neutral.

Is it Groundhog Day? Did we not win this battle back in 2014? Didn’t we do a Grab on this back in March? Well, a progressive’s work is never done. Or, as the rally sign says “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.”

The latest skirmish in the Trump administration’s battle to sell critical public services to corporate oligarchs is at the FCC. The agency has proposed new regulations that will open the door for internet service providers to hold your access to Game of Thrones (or usajobs.gov or your state’s voter registration page....) for ransom. Pay, or have your access throttled. The comment period on these new, nasty regs is open until August 16, 2017.

Confused about what we’re asking for? Learn more about net neutrality and how the FCC makes its rules. You can send your comments to the FCC using a nice form provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation or Save the Internet. Or if you’re wonkish, verbose, or just like to do things yourself, follow this tutorial to comment directly on the FCCs website.

Imagine a future where Comcast decides what you can do on the internet, and how much it will cost you. Sounds almost as bad as if Joffrey were still King of Westeros.

 

Protect Net Neutrality

Your DGB for today is to get ready to stand up for net neutrality.

The United States government is full of agencies that are boring and obscure - until they’re not. The FCC is one of those agencies. Hundreds of bureaucrats laboring under unflattering fluorescent lights, tinkering with thick books of regulations… yawn…. WAKE UP: this is important. The Trump administration has been open about their opposition to net neutrality and we need to prepare to fight back.

What’s net neutrality? It’s the requirement that internet service providers treat all data the same. They can’t throttle back your Netflix access until you agree to pay a premium fee. They can’t discriminate against certain websites, users, devices, or platforms. It’s like the common carrier model for phone service.

Today, you’ll sign up for emails from two different organizations:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation 

and the World Wide Web Foundation

 When new and harmful regulations are inevitably proposed, these sites will be on top of it and you’ll be ready to grab back for open internet.