Municipally Controlled Internet in Portland
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We demand the city immediately begin prioritizing the development of a neighborhood controlled free and public internet infrastructure!
We demand that the city:
1. Places the development of free and public city controlled internet infrastructure on the next city council meeting agenda for public testimony.
2. Begin’s working with non-profits such as PersonalTelco who have already worked to build free Wi-Fi nodes across the city.
3. Begin providing small micro grants to neighborhoods to begin building their own mesh network infrastructure nodes.
With the recent elimination of the FCC’s net neutrality protections, private ISPs have the ability to freely censor content and limit the accessibilities of websites. This sweeping change has regressive implications not only for what we can expect to be ever increasing costs but for how these new limits to information impact our democracy itself.
In 2006 the city of Portland began funding for a project to create coverage for free Wi-Fi across the city. Unfortunately in 2008 MetroFi canceled it operations in Portland and the city scrapped the project. As such we are demanding the city of Portland once again re-invest and prioritize building an internet infrastructure controlled by the people of Portland, free and available to all.
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