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USA: Civil society calls on telcos to keep demonstrators connected during election demonstrations

Today, Access Now and nine civil society organizations sent a letter to the major U.S. wireless providers to ensure adequate wireless capacity for expected election-related demonstrations in early November.

The open letter specifically calls on the providers to guarantee adequate bandwidth through technology like Cell-On-Wheels support, free wifi access points, or other equivalent technology and infrastructure, to allow participants to maintain secure and open communications channels. ... “Disruptions to internet connectivity during the election would impede the American public’s ability to hold power to account,” said Jennifer Brody, Legislative Manager at Access Now.

... The internet is an essential enabler of human rights, and mobile and voice connectivity are particularly important for people to exercise their rights to freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and access to information.

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