On Dec. 3rd, City Council’s Public Property Committee, chaired by Councilman Bobby Henon and with the support of all committee members, passed a 15-year Comcast communications franchise with far reaching public benefits for low-income communities, and for all Comcast customers, now and into the future. The franchise then received first reading before the full Council. The statement linked here can be attributed to Hannah Sassaman, Policy Director at Media Mobilizing Project, which coordinates the Corporate Accountability Project (CAP) Comcast campaign.
The FCC will consider intervening in two state laws that curtail cities and communities’ choices to build their own competitive broadband networks. A majority vote in favor of this proposal could undo over 20 state laws — including one in PA — that prevent municipally built networks.
On November 11th, President Barack Obama released a powerful, unambiguous statement in support of reclassifying the internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. He also noted that mobile internet – on phone and tablet, as well as computer – should be protected under Title II.
On Saturday, October 26th, I traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the largest protest against surveillance ever held. To give you a sense of what I learned, here is a day by day account, with a list of what you can do to help protect privacy at the end.
On May 9th, 2013, Comcast spoke at the Innovations in Wellness summit on its tips for keeping your workforce well and healthy. An ironic choice for a company that spent well over $100,000 last year to kill a bill aimed at extending paid sick days to thousands of Philadelphia workers. Watch this video to see what they said.
The labor movement is facing an unprecedented attack to roll back the gains and victories that have improved the lives of working people in exchange for deeper corporate profits. The labor movement can and must challenge, transform and wield the media system and media policy to advance the struggle for working-class people’s dignity and rights.
Why is McDonald’s one of the few places with free WiFi access? Organizations and individuals drawing the link between obesity and internet access have launched a new campaign calling on the Federal Communications Commission to expand free public internet access nation wide. A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal points out the wide use […]
In the digital age, a computer and Internet access is a necessity, yet 41% of Philadelphians do not have access. Formed to tackle this problem, the Freedom Rings Partnership is comprised of grassroots organizations, government, and universities bringing Internet access, training and technology to communities citywide. Powered by the Freedom Rings Parntership, Philly KEYSPOTS are […]