A huge congratulations to everyone who helped get the Senate to vote to overturn the FCC's termination of Net Neutrality. We hope the House and President Trump will also decide to support Net Neutrality. While we wait the outcome of that bill, local supporters of Net Neutrality are working to build a net neutral, community alternative to internet service providers that cares about your privacy: Mass. Mesh Net. At their last tech meeting, volunteers including fellow Pirate William Fleurant, de...
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Mass. MeshNet will hold a hardware hackathon this Saturday, April 28th, 1-3pm. It will be at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge. There will be another hackathon on May 12th at Industry Lab. The next General Meeting will be Thursday. June 7th, 6pm also at Industry Lab.  There may be another hackathon during the week between May 12th and the General Meeting on June 7th. If you want to help out, please join the massmeshnet@lists.riseup.net discussion list. You can sign up at https://list...
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Concerned about Net Neutrality? Don't want ISPs selling who you communicate with to the highest bidder? Want an ISP that meets your needs? Then come to the Community Meshnet Workshop this Saturday, February 10th, from 1-4pm at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave, Somerville.  Community mesh networks such as NYC Mesh, Guifi.net in Spain and Freifunk in Germany have already shown that community ISPs work. We would appreciate it if you downloaded and put up this flyer for the Febru...
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Community mesh networks such as NYC Mesh, Guifi.net in Spain and Freifunk in Germany have already shown we can build a community ISP. This Wednesday, 1/31, during the Somerville Cryptoparty, is a discussion on how we can move forward with developing a community mesh network in the Boston area.  It will be from 6-9pm at The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville. The Sprouts is in the garage in the back of the drive way. Unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible. On Saturday, February...
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The FCC has changed the rules to end net neutrality. The fight continues in Congress and the courts. Thankfully the Massachusetts delegation supports net neutrality and there are state and national groups bringing court challenges. You can even get an app to see whether your internet connection is being throttled or censored. Most people have few if any choices for their ISP and they seldom can choose an ISP which is pro-net neutrality. Additionally, because of the lack of competition, ISPs a...
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We have long supported network neutrality. Internet service providers shouldn't have the right to censor what bits we receive or send. They shouldn't have the right to charge some companies more to send bits to us or us to receive those bits. If we don't stop the FCC from giving ISPs the right to discriminate against particular traffic, we will be less free. If ISPs can charge companies to send bits to us, then only large companies will be benefit, competition will decrease and many new Inter...
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This Thursday, we want you to join us one of the protests for Net Neutrality: 9:00am, Hyannis Verizon Wireless. 790 Iyannough Rd Hyannis MA 02601 3:30pm, Hadley's Verizon store, 360 Russel St. Hadley MA 01035 4:00pm, Ladd and Whitney Memorial, 309 Merrimack Street Lowell MA 01852 4:00pm, Peg Noonan Park, 270 Main Street Falmouth MA 02540 5:00pm, Pittsfield's Verizon store, 555 Hubbard Ave Pittsfield MA 01201 5:00pm, Verizon store, 745 Boylston St Boston MA 02116 5:00pm, Ve...
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In a late night session with a hand scribbled bill, Congress gave a big wet kiss to the 1% while shafting the rest of us. Congress continues its work to expand Section 702 to give the NSA (and the FBI via parallel construction) more power to spy on us. The FCC is trying to take away net neutrality to further enrich wealthy corporations. Even here, Massachusetts pols are lining up to give Amazon the mother of all corporate subsidies. We have been dealing with this crap for the last 30 years an...
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You have until midnight tonight to tell the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to destroy net neutrality and the open Internet. The current FCC wants to give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. If you believe, as we do, that corporations should not be able to slow down or block websites, raise fees so some users can pay to get faster access, or allow their own serv...
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On Friday, governors from the United States, Mexico, and Canada will meet in Rhode Island to talk trade – and undoubtedly, the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will keynote the event. Public Citizen and local trade activist groups are rallying for a NAFTA replacement that benefits citizens, consumers and working people in all three NAFTA countries. If you can attend this Friday at 2:30pm, please RSVP at replacenafta.org/rsvp and...
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