The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Internet for All—Who Can Pay

Sep 17, 2012

Last year, Google said it had chosen Kansas City as a demonstration model. It would wire the entire city with the nation’s fastest internet connection.

This raised many hopes among those who can’t afford Internet. More and more, Internet access is vital for children’s education, for access to social services, and for adults to find and hold jobs.

But Google came back this July and said no, not really. They will only wire neighborhoods that can collect enough money.

The Internet was developed with public money, tax money. It uses bandwidth and airwaves that belong to the public. It is a social resource, and everyone in society needs access.

This is just another case where privatization promises one thing but delivers something else.