©2014 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission. At its Recessed Meeting last night, the Arlington County Board may have taken a tiny step forward toward community broadband. Background: Before we dive into that, though, first some background. ArlFiber has been advocating for and exploring the implementation of community broadband in Arlington and Virginia for about the last … Continue reading A small step toward community broadband for Arlington?
Dear supporters! We need your help tomorrow (Tuesday, October 20) at the Arlington County Board Recessed Meeting at 6:30 p.m. The County Board will be considering a consent agenda item on whether to conduct a feasibility study on using the ConnectArlington network to provide free service to residents of two committed affordable housing complexes. We support this measure, … Continue reading We need your support!
If you missed our forum on August 19, you can watch a recording of it below on YouTube. You can find the slides from Holly Hartell and Bruce Patterson here [ppt]. https://youtu.be/F2aQmDZnPhc
ArlFiber is teaming up with the Arlington Dems Black Caucus to hold a panel discussion on the digital divide and community broadband in Arlington on Wednesday, August 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Click here to sign our petition calling on the County Board to form a broadband authority for Arlington. The pandemic has made … Continue reading Panel Discussion: The Digital Divide and Community Broadband in Arlington
The following resolution was submitted to the Arlington Democrats' steering committee for consideration for adoption: Resolution on forming a broadband authority for Arlington County to construct an open access software defined network that ensures high-speed, affordable internet service for all residents and businesses. Whereas, The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that the digital divide is a … Continue reading ArlFiber Resolution on Forming a Broadband Authority for Arlington
The following letter to the editor from an ArlFiber Collective member was recently published by the Sun Gazette (online - Insidenova): https://www.insidenova.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-arlington-needs-to-go-all-in-providing-internet-service/article_d8bffc46-cb8a-11ea-ace8-d35c148461b0.html Letter: Arlington needs to go all in providing Internet service SUN GAZETTE NEWSPAPERSJul 22, 2020 Editor: The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the many perils and injustices created by the digital divide in … Continue reading Sun Gazette Letter to the Editor
Click here for a formal document. It’s time for Arlington County to form a broadband authority The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that the digital divide in our country is a national emergency. The mass transition to online work and communication rapidly split us all up into internet haves and have nots. This was … Continue reading ArlFiber Press Release on Forming a Broadband Authority for Arlington
Covid-19 and the digital divide The Coronavirus pandemic has really laid bare the fundamental inequalities of U.S. society. This is particularly the case for internet access. While the internet provides many with the opportunity to continue their daily lives with some semblance of normalcy amid the crisis, millions of Americans do not have reliable access … Continue reading COVID-19 and Digital Equity in Arlington
Members of ArlFiber who were delegates to the 2020 state convention of the Virginia Democratic Party submitted a resolution on ensuring high-speed affordable broadband for all by expanding community owned networks. You can read the resolution in full here, but the calls for action were as follows: Therefore, be it Resolved that the 8th Congressional … Continue reading VADP adopts community broadband resolution
**We now know that this post is inaccurate. Localities in VA CAN do public broadband, but it has to be through a broadband authority** This is a blog post discussing recent efforts by some members of our group to remove restrictions on community broadband in VA. Virginia is currently not for lovers of public broadband. … Continue reading HB 1052 – Fight Not Over