Maybe you’ve seen the short video that’s starting to race around Twitter about people in Detroit connecting ignored neighborhoods to the internet because big telecom doesn’t want to and the internet is not a luxury.
The long video is better. It’s an inspiring fight for digital justice.
Most of the people who are bringing the internet to people who can’t afford it started out with little tech experience. But a 20-week training course from the non-profit coalition is bringing the potential to change people’s lives.
Detroit has given its residents every reason to give up.
Some people don’t know how to give up.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories but reflections , observations, and debate.