It has been asked why the East Bay Broadband Consortium (EBBC) has not taken a stand on Net Neutrality. The reason is that EBBC is a coalition of variety of different interest groups and can only take action in relation to issues when there is a consensus to do so.
Net Neutrality: Some Members of EBBC favor Net Neutrality and some don’t, so EBBC as an organization has not taken a stand on it. However, members of EBBC have been quite active on this issue.
On other issues where there is a consensus, EBBC has stepped forward and acted effectively. Here are some examples.
Gigabit Broadband Campaign: EBBC has produced a Whitepaper on Gigabit Broadband in the East Bay, Faster Internet for Everyone, and launched a campaign to support Gigabit Broadband throughout the region. The Whitepaper describes and encourages the full range of models for obtaining Gigabit Broadband, including:
- Municipal initiatives, such as in Vallejo.
- Public private partnerships like Lit San Leandro and Brentwood.
- Installation by private telecom companies, such as what is taking place in Emeryville and Oakland.
EBBC is very pleased that the pace of installing Gigabit Broadband throughout the East Bay has accelerated significantly.
Digital Inclusion Solution: EBBC has partnered with Tech Exchange to launch the Digital Inclusion Solution, which provides families with free computers, digital literacy training, free tech support and assistance in subscribing to broadband services for under $10 a month.
The Tech Exchange/EBBC partnership has joined with schools and community groups to present more than over 80 Tech Fairs, through which 6,500 low income families in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties have received free computers, digital literacy training, and tech support. And, 2,150 of those families became new Broadband subscribers. Now the partnership is expanding the Digital Inclusion Solution to Solano County.
The TechEquity Collaborative: EBBC also serves as a co-founder of the TechEquity Collaborative, an organization of close to a thousand people working in tech, as well as tech companies, advocating for a tech-driven economy in the Bay Area that works for everyone, and generates widespread opportunity, diversity, inclusion, and equity instead of inequality and displacement.
The TechEquity Collaborative focuses on the issues of housing, workforce development and access to tech by organizing campaigns, events, and volunteer opportunities.