Ep. 5: Here's How We Make #InternetForAll a Real Thing (ft. Chris Lewis)

We know every student needs internet, but how we do make it happen? This week Dirk speaks with Chris Lewis, who worked for the FCC under Obama and now runs Public Knowledge, a nonprofit that fights for an open and accessible internet. In addition to his internet advocacy, he has also been a school board member in Alexandria, Virginia.

Posted by Citizen Ed on Friday, August 7, 2020

As a country, we were able to bring phone lines, electricity, and running water to households across America no matter how rural, far apart, or congested homes may be. We did it once, and we must do it again for internet connectivity. 

In our modern times, the internet is necessary for basic living. We rely on internet access for vital information, life saving connectivity to our doctors, find jobs, and to go to school. Internet must be seen as a public utility and not a privilege. Just last month, a Michigan teen was arrested for not completing online homework assignments. Unreliable internet access can not and should not be a barrier to education. 

Take action for equity.

  1. Support Tribes in getting broadband access– please sign this letter
  2. If you would like to add your voice, share and sign this petition: https://www.change.org/InternetForAllKids
  3. To find who your Congressperson are, click here. Tell them we need #InternetForAll

This week, we spoke with Chris Lewis, President and CEO at Public Knowledge. Previously, Chris served as the Deputy Director at the FCC Office of Legislative Affairs, and is a former U.S. Senate staffer for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, with over 18 years of political organizing and advocacy experience. Click here to read more about Chris Lewis. 

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Chris Lewis’ work at Public Knowledge is reminding us of the #DigitalDivide and the need for #DigitalInclusion for all, including Tribal families. 

Chris Lewis continued and discussed how building reliable internet access for all is a real possibility that relies on the Federal government to enforce it. However, we must have the public call on and push the FCC, Congress and our presidential candidates to identify reliable internet access as a public utility. Only through public pressure can we make change occur.

To find who your Senator and Assembly Members are, click here

If you would like to add your voice, share and sign this petition: https://www.change.org/InternetForAllKids


Highlights

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#InternetForAll #DigitalInclusion #DigitalDivide #AllStudentsNeedInternet

Don’t miss the next episode of “Access Denied” on our Facebook Live next Friday, August 14th, at 9AM Pacific/12 noon Eastern. 

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