Wired and Wireless Broadband: What's at Stake for Rural Communities?

[Source: Center for Media Justice, by Amalia Deloney, July 18, 2011]

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, the Center for Media Justice brought together 20 individuals from 17 organizations across the country to examine the role of wired and wireless broadband access in rural communities, what's at stake in broadband policy and what can be done to improve policy conditions through collaborative advocacy.

The session, held prior to the National Rural Assembly, was designed to address the unique conditions that rural communities face, and to engage participants to:

  • Highlight the conditions created by existing broadband policy in rural communities
  • Investigate the implications for and social impact on rural communities
  • Identify community strategies for change
  • Create an extensive and intersectional base of support to take on wired and wireless broadband issues

The information and policy recommendations generated from this session have been compiled into a report designed for use by social justice advocates, community stakeholders, practitioners and legislators.

Whether wireline or wireless, rural broadband access and adoption is a critical element to ensuring rural communities thrive.

Whether you're working on media literacy, education justice, immigrant rights or any other justice issue, CMJ hopes you can use the information in this report to inform your work and uncover the wireline and wireless justice issues that live at the intersection of media policy and social justice.

To read the rest of this policy brief, click here.