Voting Begins on Free Wireless Internet for Los Angeles

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Open Neighborhoods Asks the Public to Vote on Broadband Grant from Pepsi

The Free Broadband project submitted by Los Angeles-based Open Neighborhoods has been selected by the Pepsi Refresh project for public voting during the month of May.

Open Neighborhoods has proposed a $250,000 grant from Pepsi to bring free broadband Internet service to numerous residential, commercial and school locations on the Westside of Los Angeles, including under-served low income housing areas.

US residents aged 13 and over are eligible to vote for the Free Broadband grant once per day through the end of May at http://www.refresheverything.com/freebroadband. For more details on the Free Broadband project visit http://www.openneighborhoods.net/freebroadband.

Los Angeles residents James Brennan and John Ayers co-founded Open Neighborhoods to connect local communities and help bridge the digital divide with open Internet access to deliver information, community support, employment and education opportunities to the entire community.

The digital divide in Los Angeles and other urban areas has become a growing concern as the Internet plays an increasingly indispensable role in our 21st-century society. For many, high-speed Internet service has become essential to work, education, family life and civic involvement. Citizens and leaders across the country, from Topeka to Sarasota and Duluth and San Francisco, have been rallying local communities to bring affordable broadband to their cities and towns.

Open Neighborhoods is a member organization of InternetForEveryone.org, a national initiative to bring the benefits of a fast, affordable and open Internet connection to everyone in America.

“We applaud local communities who are stepping up and getting involved in expanding wireless broadband services to their neighbors,” said Misty Perez Truedson, InternetForEveryone.org program manager at Free Press. “Los Angeles will benefit greatly from this project, and more of its community members will have much-needed access to the Internet.” Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, quality journalism, and universal access to communications.

About Open Neighborhoods
Open Neighborhoods was founded in 2008 to connect and inform local communities with neighborhood social networking services, neighborhood wireless (Wi-Fi) networks, and community solar purchasing programs. The company launched its first social network and Wi-Fi network in Mar Vista, and now offers neighborhood social networks in Santa Monica, Venice, Del Rey, Culver City, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Westchester and Palms.

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