Free Public Internet: Expanding Connectivity for Students and Families
A group of community members here in Tacoma and in Seattle have been meeting and talking about what it might take to create free internet.
A group of community members here in Tacoma and in Seattle have been meeting and talking about what it might take to create free internet in Tacoma – we believe we have a real solution and multiple strategies to get there.
Please join us on September 9th, 2021 at 8am for a conversation with local and regional experts working in this area.
Register in advance for this meeting:
Together, we’ll talk about an opportunity to expand internet access, create new living wage jobs, and also expand internet connectivity for local students.
One barrier has been funding, but we see an opportunity to change that – a $268M grant that could allow us to hire, train and provide internet while creating living wages in community-controlled jobs.
We already have regional solutions that we can use as we design our own roadmap. The Tacoma Cooperative Network, for example, has been creating community-owned networks for a few years now, on a small scale. The Tacoma public library, TCN, Althea, and UW- Tacoma are nearby examples. Want more info (and perhaps a video) about what this could look like? Read on.
In addition to creating free public internet, Tacoma could decide to develop a Digital Stewards program to build the internet infrastructure (already happening in Seattle). Here is some background information on our collaboration partners who developed the model – The Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP):
Here is a short documentary that will give you context for what our Digital Stewards do – The Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP)
Here is a brief overview of the DCTP Digital Stewards program
I’m attaching an introductory brochure that regional partners Black Brilliance Research co-designed with the Local Connectivity Lab (our UW partner org) and their collaborative partners. This is the LCL website.
We hope you will join us!