CUTLIP -- While combing through essays about public relations and labour unions¹, we have found tactics that could be used in a student union initiative.² A student union could articulate a point of view to college management concerning Internet access. The message might come on the heels of the "Net Freedom Challenge" issued by FCC Chairman Michael Powell to broadband Internet providers in America. Powell believes specific four "Internet Freedoms" must be preserved.
- Freedom to Access Content. In a student perspecitve, that means students should be able to access to their choice of legal content.
- Freedom to Use Applications. Students should be able to run applications of their choice.
- Freedom to Attach Personal Devices. Students should be permitted to attach any devices they choose to their desktop connections.
- Freedom to Obtain Service Information. Students should be able to see their electronic footprints.(This point modifies Powell's original idea on "service plans.")
¹Scott Cutlip -- Effective Public Relations ISBN 0135412110
²Student "unions" generally get together to achieve package pricing but there is an equally potent purpose of a student union--to articulate requirements and to advocate levels of support for students. Well-defined Internet freedoms could enhance the learning environment.
Jeff Pulver -- "The Powell Challenge: Adopt Net Freedom Principles
Topgold Lecture: "Irish Labour Unions and PR" x_ref125pr