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The Consumer’s Union’s Annual Summit

The Annual Summit of the Consumer’s Union (publisher of Consumer Reports magazine) is one of my favorite events of this year—activists from all over the country come together to learn from an amazing lineup of presenters, learn from each other and lobby for issues important to their local communities.

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Kentucky Voices: Broadband Plan Will Aid KY

"Broadband can be the great enabler that restores America's economic well-being and opens doors of opportunity for all Americans to pass through, no matter who they are, where they live, or the particular circumstances of their individual lives." — Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps

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They don’t speak for all minorities on Net Neutrality

In the net neutrality debate, several leading civil rights organizations have come down heavily against net neutrality, as have some members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Do not assume that they speak for all people of color or for all low-income individuals in urban or rural areas.

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Inequalities in urban Internet service prop up social inequalities

Guest blog by, Marcos Martinez of Entre Hermanos. The message couldn't have been more clear last month when FCC staff sat in a crowded Seattle conference room with about 80 local folks, gathered to share our opinions on preserving a fair and open Internet.

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The Internet is Not Just a Privilege it is a Necessity

Guest Blog by Bryan Mercer. Originally posted at Media Mobilizing Project. The Internet as a Universal Service, the Conservative and Corporate Backlash, and the Struggle Over How We Communicate. For the past month the most important telecommunications platform of our time, the Internet, has gone without any form of regulation or government oversight.

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Yes We Won’t?

We had high apple pie, up in the sky hopes for the promise of an open Internet.  Why were communities of color and the poor so happy?  Because the key to the Obama Administration's success in the 2008 elections was harnessing the power of the Internet.

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Nativist Labels, Latino Lives

Victor Guijarro was a community organizer with La Asamblea de Derechos Civiles and a leader in Minneapolis, MN.  Recently, he was arrested while driving in Ohio en route to visit family in New York.

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You Want An iPad. We Want To Go To Detroit.

When we sat down to register for this year’s Allied Media Conference, we froze—between the Media Justice League (MJL) and Local782, we have 12 people who want to go.   And a seriously tight travel budget.  

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GROUNDBREAKING: “Tribal Priority” Radio Broadbast Licensing Procedures Established by the FCC

Guest blog by, Traci Morris, Policy and Program Analyst, Native Public Media In an unprecedented effort to open new opportunities in the broadcasting field for American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) has adopted an order establishing a new “Tribal Priority” in the broadcast licensing regulatory process

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Broadband Stories: Internet Helps New Immigrants Connect to Loved Ones

For New York City's immigrant neighborhoods and communities of color, broadband Internet access isn't just about social networking or watching TV shows. The Internet provides an affordable link to home, it opens doors to new education and job opportunities, it's an essential organizing tool, and it is a space to share community based media and journalism.