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People with disabilities need a fair and open Internet: Cat Sullivan
Submitted by jonathan on Thu, 2010-04-29 17:19
"I'm a former Americorps volunteer IT person, working at the STAR Center for people with disabilities. We are very aware of the digital divide, which is worsening as high-speed access is becoming a necessity. Low income access is nearly impossible; young people are required to send homework over the Internet, people with disabilities need special equipment for online access, whicih can be very expensive. Seattle has free 56k wireless access in some areas, though it's not enough—slow and often busy. My dream is to see the city take action, to provide greater options, including affordability as well as speed. It's incredible that Olympia has negotiated a high speed broadband contract with no protections for nonprofits, elders, low income etc. We need to tend to these interests."
-- Cat Sullivan, Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER), comments to the FCC on preserving a fair and open Internet, Seattle 27 April 2010