This isn’t summer camp

…doesn’t look much like MOOC Madness either but is central, at ;east to my perspective and that of the many without reliable. affordable high speed access. The assumption that goes with most ed tech ventures either presumes everyone has it or willfully ignores the reality that they do not. They point to institutional access available to students and educators, other public access assumed available to users but that are not universally.

Better access would facilitate more efficient and less time consuming participation and keeping up with courses. So would less total preoccupation with new media and bandwidth hog apps. Text still matters too. Don’t shut out or penalize those still waiting for affordable access. That is not what education and learning are about.

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This isn’t summer camp
The percentage of households with broadband access in the United States trails behind many other countries. Those Americans who do have internet access generally pay far more for far less service than our counterparts in other parts of the world.It is a national embarrassment that kids in this country living in low-income and rural communities have to rely on fast food chains like McDonald’s because they can’t get affordable internet access in their homes.
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Some would like to think that America’s broadband is doing just fine, and that it’s improving slowly but surely. But as our Senior Vice President Harold Feld has pointed out, “this isn’t summer camp. This is our digital future.”

To add insult to injury, many of the underpowered, overpriced connections available to you come with data caps. These caps are not only confusing to consumers, but lend themselves to unfair and anti-competitive behavior by internet service providers.

We are fighting everyday to make sure that Americans have access to real, reasonably priced internet access. As a first step,
sign the petition asking the FCC to investigate the data caps that are reducing the promise of broadband access for all.

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Thanks for your support, The Public Knowledge Team

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