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With Millions of Students Cut Off Digitally, Coronavirus Pandemic Bolsters Demand to Treat Internet as Public Utility

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/24/millions-students-cut-digitally-coronavirus-pandemic-bolsters-demand-treat-internet

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What part of “corporate hegemony” and profits before people is unclear?

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And more than computers: Let’s demand our youth have a guaranteed publicly funded education that would be free for every student. And a livable future worth living and studying for the rest of their natural lives.

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A necessary tool for success in the 21st century bookbag. Internet access.

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These are very important demands, but advocates like Free Press Action are missing a gigantic piece of the puzzle. People should not use this crisis and the very real digital divide to shove everyone onto wifi. According to a recently filed law suit The Irregulators vs. the FCC we paid for fiberoptic to every premises over and over again. But the telecoms never finished the job, and used all the subsidies and extra fees to build out their wireless, unregulated side of their business. Verizon wired is already a public utility. Please check out the work of Bruce Kushnick and the Irregulators lawsuit. Here is an excerpt of an article today: "This financial shell game has made the entire state-based utility infrastructure appear unprofitable and they have relied on these distorted financial results to argue that they cannot upgrade rural areas or even inner cities, and it has been used to justify local rate increases multiple times, as well as save billions in taxes. More importantly, it is also the excuse to “shut off” the wired networks and go wireless with 5G.” Wired fiberoptic is safer for our health, more secure, faster, and paid for many times over. Let us not let a time of crisis let the telecoms and the FCC off the hook and push for what they wanted all along, for everyone to be hooked onto wireless services, rather than the more secure and safer wired ones. Hoorah for municipal broadband but we have to make sure which kind we are advocating for.

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Welcome to the community, and thanks for calling out 5G for the hazardous boondoggle that it is.