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"If successful organizing—the kind that addresses systemic injustices—hinges upon having access to online communication tools, then resistance must also come in the form of building alternative digital communication infrastructure that is not based on an extractive corporate model."

 

Owning Access - local buyouts could keep ISPs accountable

The Cooperative Business Journal
Winter 2018

"Benefits of a cooperative ISP include better customer service, regular community input in service offerings and transparency about how the ISP operates. A cooperative structure could also keep money local and enable the ISP to do things like spend leftover profits to invest in new economic opportunities. Because the subscribers would control their ISP, they could also ensure that it does not violate net neutrality principles by discriminating against or prioritizing certain types of services or data."

 

A renewable energy cooperative, a community land trust, and a former church building publicly-controlled and used by nearby residents — these are just a few examples of about 500 urban commons projects that are thriving in the Flemish city of Ghent in Belgium. A new research report (in Dutch) shows that within the last 10 years, the city has seen a ten-fold increase in local commons initiatives. The report defines commons as any "shared resource, which is co-owned or co-governed by a community of users and stakeholders, under the rules and norms of that community."