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Depressed by Dialup; Groups Call for Affordable Internet Access

February 16, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Depressed by dial-up, hundreds of community, cultural and media organizations across the country declared Monday a day of action to call attention to the need for affordable, high-speed access to an open Internet in communities of all sizes. Amalia Deloney, coordinator for the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-net), says many areas of Missouri have outgrown their old dial-up modems, but don't yet have affordable broadband options.

"There are people in communities of color, low-income communities, rural areas, struggling suburban areas, that understand the importance of Internet; that it's no longer a luxury, it's a necessity."

Deloney says an open Internet with guaranteed network neutrality is essential to ensure that every idea has a chance to be communicated.

"That's whether it's about small business development; whether it's artists being able to exchange music online; whether it's immigrant communities who need to be able to access Skype to be able to have conversations with communities back in their countries of origin."

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is working on a National Broadband Plan to present to Congress next month, that proposes to required affordable and open access to high-speed Internet. The agency's chairman has said he wants to develop rules that would stop Internet service providers, such as AT&T and Comcast, from selectively blocking or slowing Web content for some users in favor of others. Opponents say the new regulations would hinder the development of the Internet.

More information is at pitch.pe/44969

Heather Claybrook, Public News Service - MO