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Portland Linux/Unix Group: Municipal Broadband in Portland

Portland State University Fourth Avenue Building (FAB) Room FAB 86-01
1900 Southwest 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

Take the stairs or elevator to the lower level and head East, though you will quickly lose orientation. Look for room 86-01 and note that the parking garage also provides access from a level below for $6, up from $1.50 or so. :(



Portland Linux/Unix Group General Meeting Announcement

Who: Russell Senior
What: How to get a Municipal Broadband network in the City of Portland
Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)
When: Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live

How to get a Municipal Broadband network in the City of Portland

As many of you know, Russell has been kind of passionate about building an open-access Internet infrastructure in Portland for the last decade or more. No privately owned network would voluntarily allow open-access, and hasn't since the DSL days (when they were required to), and the Feds, namely the FCC has been steadfast in its refusal to enforce line-sharing (essentially the same thing as open access) on infrastructure built since 1996. Many of you may have heard about the FCC action in December rescinding the relatively new Title II regulation of ISPs and the Network Neutrality rules that went with it. With the consciousness raising this event has provided, there is a new window of opportunity from the groundswell of interest to create pressure on our political systems, namely City Council in Portland OR, failing that, an initiative petition to provide a local solution.

Russell will describe the problem and what a solution would look like, where the user ends up in the driver seat.

Bring your Net Neutrality questions!

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 1945 NW Quimby St. after the meeting.

Rideshares to the Lucky Lab available

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