Protocol: In Biden’s broadband plan, cable is in for the fight of its life

Across the country, advocates for locally-owned broadband — a loosely affiliated network of fiber providers, digital equity nonprofits, labor unions, churches, educators and municipalities — are girding for battle. Enabling municipalities and local communities to build their own networks, they argue, removes the profit incentives that cable giants have, driving down costs and leading toContinue reading “Protocol: In Biden’s broadband plan, cable is in for the fight of its life”

Chicago Tribune: Broadband industry behind millions of fake comments to FCC pushing net neutrality repeal, New York attorney general says

The proceeding generated a record-breaking number of comments — more than 22 million. The attorney general’s report found that nearly 18 million of those were fake comments, and the broadband industry group, called Broadband for America, spent $4.2 million generating more than 8.5 million of the fake FCC comments. Half a million fake letters wereContinue reading “Chicago Tribune: Broadband industry behind millions of fake comments to FCC pushing net neutrality repeal, New York attorney general says”

The Hill: To build lasting digital equity, look to communities

Take Hunts Point in the South Bronx, where a local community development corporation called THE POINT recruited young people to build their own free wireless Wi-Fi network to connect learners and residents. Hunts Point Free WiFi is managed by people who live here and supported by local businesses. To a community built on a vulnerableContinue reading “The Hill: To build lasting digital equity, look to communities”

The Reboot: “The Infrastructural Power Beneath the Internet as We Know It”

Ownership models for ISPs serving poor or rural areas vary from utility cooperatives to municipal and tribal government-supported networks to community networks run by and for residents. Maybe part of imagining a different distribution of the means of computation requires a flipping of the script. Rather than assuming that the internet starts as massive nodesContinue reading “The Reboot: “The Infrastructural Power Beneath the Internet as We Know It””