The Syracuse Community Broadband Initiative (SCBI) has received a $15,000 grant to explore the economic viability of building a state of the art fiber optic broadband network for Syracuse. The SCBI seeks to pro¬¬vide cable, internet, and phone service to residents and businesses. The network would operate like a public utility committed to the best service at the least cost; and would operate from subscriber revenue independent of tax payer subsidies.
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this article was published in the April 2012 Peace Council Newsletter
The Syracuse Community Broadband Initiative just received a $15,000 grant to determine the viability of a non-profit, community-owned broadband network for Syracuse. The network would provide residents and institutions with cable, internet, and phone. The network would operate like a public utility with a commitment to the best service at the least cost, and rely on subscriber revenue independent of tax payer subsidies.
Awareness of the impacts of our purchase choices on land and peoples far away has slowly been spreading. Yet still many don't know about the worst impact of all: the electronics industry. Metals essential to cell phones, computers, video game systems, digital phones, and other techno gadgets are being extracted from the Congo by armed groups actively engaged in a genocide of huge proportions (over 5 million killed.) This is a fact that many of us ignore as we use electronic tools to promote positive change in the world.
The Syracuse Progressive Coalition put together a platform for the mayor of Syracuse, and gathered responses from the candidates.