Connection & Access

Connectivity is never a given.

We're always on, but connectivity is never a given. Towers, wires, and signals are fragile and subject to many forces of power.

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Indigenous rights to wireless frequencies

Spectrum sovereignty advocate Darrah Blackwater works to install broadband equipment for Native communities during the pandemic.
Spectrum sovereignty advocate Darrah Blackwater works to install broadband equipment for Native communities during the pandemic.

"Spectrum sovereignty" advocates for Indigenous peoples' rights to control wireless communication frequencies on their...

BART blocks mobile networks to prevent protests

Photo of crowds of people at a BART station, including protesters grasping the roof of the train car, being pulled down by people in safety vests.
Photo of crowds of people at a BART station, including protesters grasping the roof of the train car, being pulled down by people in safety vests.

Authorities for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) blocked wireless signals in San Francisco stations to prevent protests....

September 11th (9/11) attacks

Memorials: Mobile phones and other communication devices found in the rubble from the September 11 attacks in 2011 on the World Trade Center are displayed as part of a new exhibit in Washington D.C.
Memorials: Mobile phones and other communication devices found in the rubble from the September 11 attacks in 2011 on the World Trade Center are displayed as part of a new exhibit in Washington D.C.

When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, cell phones played a vital role. People trapped in the...

First mobile phone call

Martin Cooper makes a historic call on on 6th Avenue in New York City, April 3, 1973.
Martin Cooper makes a historic call on on 6th Avenue in New York City, April 3, 1973.

Did you know the first mobile phone call was a troll? In 1973, Martin Cooper, an engineer at Motorola, used his prototype...

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Poster of “Indian Spectrum for Sale” by Darrah Blackwater in collaboration with Solange Aguilar.
Poster of “Indian Spectrum for Sale” by Darrah Blackwater in collaboration with Solange Aguilar.

Digital inequity is the product of colonization. Urge policymakers to look at consultation processes, comment periods, and...

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