Hi Reddit! We are experts and activists in community broadband and tech democracy! Access to the Internet is an essential infrastructure for any community that cares about economic development, quality of life, and opportunities. Most communities are presently dependent on a few unaccountable corporations that act as gatekeepers to the Internet— we’re working to change that!
We’ll start at 1pm EST and going until 2pm!
*Deb Socia, Next Century Cities supports community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that everyone has reliable internet access. http://nextcenturycities.org
*Mark Ericksen, RS Fiber Coop a community driven effort to bring a high-speed fiber-optic connection to everyone http://www.rsfiber.coop
*Nick Stumo-Langer u/stumolanger, Institue for Local Self-Reliance defends the right of communities to build public networks without states or the federal government creating barriers https://ilsr.org/initiatives/broadband/
proof http://imgur.com/a/a47O2 http://imgur.com/a/qgmG5
EDIT** That’s a wrap! Thanks for all of the amazing questions! Be sure to check out the links above and neweconomy.net to learn more about community ownership!