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Electronic Bootstraps: A Local Town Hall on The Importance of Keeping the Internet Free and Accessible to All

By Tracy Dingmann

Making and keeping the Internet affordable and accessible to all people is now the great equalizer in a world that increasingly depends on online communication.

People in New Mexico’s many rural and underserved communities know far too well that keeping the Internet free and open is crucial if people are to get the same educational, health, and business opportunities as everyone else.

The Internet is essential, and all of us need access to these new “electronic bootstraps” in a world where such crucial things as job applications, governmental forms and even filing a complaint with your local police department MUST be done online.

Right now, big cable and telephone companies are trying to dominate the conversation on the future of the Internet. They are trying to convince Congress and the American public that private, corporate control of the Internet is needed to insure the viability of this now public medium.

On November 16th, New Mexicans will get the chance to weigh in on the Internet’s future at a town hall featuring Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps, Geoffrey Blackwell, Chair of the FCC Native Policy & Public Affairs Commission, Loris Taylor of Native Public Media, Joe Garcia, Chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Council, Andrea Quijada of the Media Literacy Project and Amalia Deloney of the Center for Media Justice.

This event will give Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans and all New Mexicans the opportunity to talk to share their ideas, concerns, and experiences with Internet access with Commissioner Copps.

Please attend and speak up – your stories will help shape the future of the Internet for New Mexico and the rest of the country.

This event is sponsored by the Media Literacy Project, Center for Media Justice and Free Press.

The FCC town hall will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 in the Journal Theater at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1704 4th SW. Doors open at 6 p.m.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP at savetheinternet.com/abqhearing.

To spread the word, share this ” Free the Air” video with your friends and networks.

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