KATU: Municipal Broadband PDX pushing for Portland to make internet a public utility

by KATU Staff

Sunday, January 14th 2018


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A group rallied outside Portland City Hall Sunday to push for municipal broadband internet.

The idea is to treat internet like a basic utility.

Municipal Broadband PDX says it’s as essential for people to have access to affordable internet as it is to have water or electricity.

The group gathered in front of City Hall for a rally Sunday, hoping to educate anyone who passes by.

Municipal Broadband PDX says online privacy and freedom of speech are being threatened with the repeal of net neutrality.

They’re urging the city to take action, and make the internet a public utility.

“Being disenfranchised and not being able to access the internet except the local library is not a fair way for a person to try to access job opportunities or services from the city,” says Julia Degraw, who is running for Portland City Council.

Supporters say those who can’t afford the internet are the ones who need it the most.

They believe broadband is the last line of defense for an open and free internet.

Municipal Broadband PDX plans on hosting demonstrations every month in Portland.