Stop the Broward County School Board's Ban on Google Services

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Recently, news has come to teachers and students of Broward County Schools of the planned blocking of access to widely-used applications such as Google Docs on school Wi-Fi.

Although an official reason for this ban has not been given by the school board, the promotion of Microsoft services like One Drive and Microsoft Word as an alternative to Google Documents makes this move seem suspiciously motivated by Microsoft's partnership with the School Board of Broward County. Our access to Google's search engine on school Internet is also blocked while Microsoft-owned Bing is allowed.

Our public schools SHOULD NOT be utilized as a market wherein applications competing with Microsoft are restricted from student usage.

Truth be told, these services DO NOT provide the same access to real-time collaboration, automatic saving of documents, and mobile viewing and modification of assignments and educational material as Google's services.


Although we are grateful for free access granted to our school district to applications such as Microsoft Office, we believe true charity should not come with strings attached; this blatant opposition to net neutrality allows Microsoft to practice monopolistic practices which threaten the intellectual freedom of our students.

Students should neither be treated like exploitable consumers nor be deprived of academic tools simply for the monetary gain of corporations.


Add your name to let the School Board of Broward County know that you oppose the blocking of Google services on school Wi-Fi.

 



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