The Hill: How Detroit residents are building their own internet

The areas that the Equitable Internet Initiative serves are predominantly communities of color, and the digital stewards that EII train and employ come from these communities. “It’s easier to make a community member a technician than a technician a community member,” according to digital steward Shiva Shahmir. Kalischer-Coggins, Aaron. “How Detroit residents are building theirContinue reading “The Hill: How Detroit residents are building their own internet”

White House: Vice President Holds Listening Session on High Speed Internet Featuring Digital Stewardship and Community Ownership

We also work to increase internet adoption through a digital stewardship program which prepares residents in our neighborhoods [of Detroit and Highland Park] to operate, manage, and own their own internet. All of our 18 employees come from the communities they serve and are trained in community organizing and the technology necessary to maintain aContinue reading “White House: Vice President Holds Listening Session on High Speed Internet Featuring Digital Stewardship and Community Ownership”

CTNY is Hiring!

Community Tech NY (CTNY) is looking to hire 1-2 project managers to support our growing portfolio of digital equity and justice, Community Technology, coalition-building projects. We are looking for people who have: Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to creatively problem solve. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.   Desire and ability to workContinue reading “CTNY is Hiring!”

Gothamist: What It Will Take To Bring Strong Internet Service To Every NYC Student

“It is a transformative moment in digital equity because there’s an awareness and a visibility of this issue that there’s never been before,” said Greta Byrum, Director of Policy at the nonprofit Community Tech NY and co-director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School. “We’re seeing incredible creativity and innovation.” Byrum said thatContinue reading “Gothamist: What It Will Take To Bring Strong Internet Service To Every NYC Student”

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””