Join me at this rally on Sunday! I am one of the speakers demanding that the internet be provided to the public as a utility – not through the private market. Access to the internet is too important to leave to the private sector, and this is the only way to create permanent Net Neutrality. It’s time for City Hall to provide internet to ALL Portlanders through municipal broadband. We must ensure open access to the internet for all.
When I am your City Commissioner, I will lobby Salem to treat broadband internet as a utility and will urge my fellow Commissioners to join me.
WHEN: Sunday January 14th from 2 PM – 5 PM
WHAT: We are demanding the city immediately prioritize the development of a municipal broadband network.
Comcast and other large internet service providers have successfully lobbied to repeal net neutrality, sell information about what you do online, and prevent localities from properly regulating them. Municipal broadband is the last line of defense against internet service provider abuses which threaten freedom of information, digital equality, and democracy itself.
Municipal broadband is something many cities such as Tacoma, WA and Sandy, OR already have. In Portland we have been planning to build a municipal broadband network decades, now that our internet freedoms are under attack, it’s an idea whose time has come.
2:00 pm: Event starts
2:15 pm: Speakers
2:50 pm: March
3:05 pm: Networking
3:10 pm: Chalk mural