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Today, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced plans to make some major changes to the Lifeline low-income telecommunications connectivity program. The Chairman’s plan to modernize Lifeline to include broadband is an important first step toward achieving this goal, but we fear it does not address the immediate needs of thousands of people across the country who cannot search for employment, fully participate in their education, apply for social services and meet their healthcare needs.
Crossposted from the Center for Rural Strategies website – Rural broadband advocates from five states and Washington D.C. gathered in rural Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, for the first Rural Broadband Summit, cosponsored by the Center for Media Justice, the Center for Rural Strategies, and Free Press.
“The announcement today means one thing—your phone bill is going to go up. People on fixed incomes or out of work can’t afford any price increase, yet the proposed plan would take money out of their pockets and hand it to the companies. At CMJ, we don’t call that reform. We call it taxing the poor.”
Today, Rural America is home to approximately 56 million residents– 20 percent of the population of the United States, and 80% of our landmass—about the population of Italy.
Big media companies, Internet Service Providers trying to make Internet closed, gated community; placing innovation, opportunity and democracy at risk
Will you stand with Commissioner Clyburn, President Obama, the Center for Media Justice, the Media Action Grassroots Network, the Open Internet Coalition, Color of Change, Center for Community Change, Applied Research Center, National Hispanic Media Coalition and others to encourage the FCC to be bold and ensure their jurisdiction by defining broadband as a Title II Universal Service?
The the fight for an open Internet is a fight for our mothers, our children, and our future. Let’s not be confused.
MY ORGANIZATION PLEDGES TO BE A DIGITAL INCLUSION CHAMPION. We support the Media Action Grassroots Network. As a Digital Inclusion Champion, my organization asks the FCC and Congress to create a National Broadband Plan that defines broadband as a universal service, and network neutrality rules that protect an open and non-discriminatory internet. Center for Media [...]
It is a profound personal and professional accomplishment to see my mother sign on to Gchat, email my brother in México, peruse Craigslist, and practice her English and typing skills. When she opened her laptop, she asked out loud, “and what am I going to do with this?” We all knew the answer: what couldn’t she do!
#Oakland Voices: A Town Hall on Our Right to Communicate was a huge success! Want to watch the full event? We’ve got you covered.