A new study looking at broadband access in the south by the Center For Social Inclusion, reports people of color are the majority in zip codes with zero access to high speed Internet. The report notes that "without high speed internet access businesses cannot compete and create new jobs, health care cannot be expanded and educational quality cannot improve." Essentially, the internet has become the 21st century gateway to the information and the relationships we need to meet the basic needs of today. Communities of color are disproportionately affected by the digital divide. According to a 2008 report by Free Press, a national media reform organization, only 40 percent of households of color subscribe to broadband, while 55 percent of white households are connected. The nation’s Latino population in particular fares among the worst, with only 35 percent having a broadband connection. Today organizations across the U.S. based in, or working with, people of color, poor communities, and other marginalized groups, are raising their voices for rules that will defend an open Internet that is fast, affordable, and fair. Today, the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) is leading a National Day of Action, calling for rules that will defend an affordable and open Internet. MAG-Net members across the country will be conducting in-district delegation visits to highlight the need for universal broadband and Net Neutrality. But for those of us online, Freepress is hosting the "Two Million Strong for Net Neutrality" petition. Freepress is about 300,000 signatures away from reaching two million signatures, so please visit their site and support net neutrality and access for all!
The New Civil Rights Fight: Internet Access [Petition]
By Jorge Rivas Feb 15, 2010