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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
The Digital Divide
One current situation really signals to me the way we regular citizens can change the country. Right now cities across the U.S. are considering making their cities fully wireless (internet), which will help bridge the digital divide that restricts lower income people from internet usage. Philadelphia is one such city, but Verizon, whose interests lie in keeping its paying internet customers, is fighting this and other efforts. Their lobby recently succeeded in inserting a provision into a Pennsylvania telecommunications bill that makes it illegal for cities and other "political subdivisions" to offer low-cost Internet access without companies' (like Verizon's) permission.
Governor Ed Rendell has until tonight to decide on signing or vetoing the bill. In the political age that is currently on the way out, politicians were compelled to sign egregious laws like this or face stiff opposition from powerful, moneyed corporations that would withhold contributions. Now, Howard Dean has showed us that normal people giving $25 each are more important and more powerful than any corporation, so politicians do not have to and should not bow to corporate lobbies like Verizon's.