Broadband is a human right

Illustrated buildings with WiFi symbols sit on a blue background. The text reads, "Broadband is a human right. Support the Resolution Recognizing the Human Rights to Utilities."
Sep 15, 2022
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NTEN Advocacy

"The internet is a powerful and necessary tool. It is vital that the internet is affordable and accessible to all people."

These words are the foundation of NTEN's core beliefs.

We see the impact that internet access has on people every day through our programs and have been supporting digital equity leaders around the U.S. for many years through our Digital Inclusion Fellowship to increase both the number of people online and those working for systemic change. In addition, because of our commitment to digital equity and the work to build an equitable world, we have worked in coalition for years with other organizations that want to ensure all people have equal rights to the utilities necessary to support our lives.

With more than 230 other coalition partners, we have called on Congress to recognize that access to utilities is a human right. And today is an important milestone:

Today, Representatives Cori Bush (MO-01), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), and Jamaal Bowman Ed.D (NY-16) introduced the Resolution Recognizing the Human Rights to Utilities, which would recognize access to water, sanitation, electricity, heating, cooling, public transit, and broadband communications as basic human rights and public services that must be accessible, safe, acceptable, sufficient, affordable, justly sourced and sustainable, climate resilient, and reliable for every person.

Now we ask you to join us!

Amy Sample Ward

Amy Sample Ward



Amy is driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change. Their prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations has fueled Amy's work to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for organizations around the world. As the CEO of NTEN, Amy inspires the NTEN team and global partners to believe in community-generated change. Amy believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively and equitably, but doing so takes intention and investment in training, access, and collaboration.

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