“Unboxing the Toolkit” by Shannon Mattern

Community Tech New York, an organization committed to digital justice and to building community power through community-owned internet infrastructure, offers “portable network kits,” “a wireless network in a suitcase that helps people [learn] how to build their own mini-internet – and with it, how the internet works and might be owned and governed more equitably.”Continue reading ““Unboxing the Toolkit” by Shannon Mattern”

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”

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”