Es gibt immer noch jede Menge Flecken auf dem Planeten, wo der Zugang zum Internet immer noch zu teuer ist!




peter, *this is a critical moment*. *For years we have been calling for networks to cut their costs*, but companies like MTN and Vodacom have taken ICASA to court to protect their profits [1]. *But there is now political support for #DataMustFall;* last week Mmamoloko Kubayi, Chairwoman of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on *Telecommunications gave networks an ultimatum, either cut their data costs by the end of October, or we’ll do it for you* [2].

If we can turn the public outcry over high data costs into sustained activism, we can give Parliament the public mandate it needs to see through their ultimatum to networks. But *we only have a month to make sure networks don’t try bully their way out of cutting costs.* /*Click here to join the campaign <http://www.amandla.mobi/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fawethu.amandla.mobi%2Fpetitions%2Fbring-the-cost-of-data-down&e=8e1fda847d84086850823f45989a7b8e&utm_source=amandla&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=data_must_fall&n=1&v=248>:*/ https://awethu.amandla.mobi/petitions/bring-the-cost-of-data-down <http://www.amandla.mobi/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fawethu.amandla.mobi%2Fpetitions%2Fbring-the-cost-of-data-down&e=8e1fda847d84086850823f45989a7b8e&utm_source=amandla&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=data_must_fall&n=2&v=248>

Research has shown that the majority of the people in Mzansi access their internet on their mobiles [3]. From *job hunting, help with school assignments and other education resources online to googling ailments, the internet is clearly the first point of reference and information acquiring and sharing* This means that people are able to cut out travel time and costs to go to libraries and clinics especially those in deep rural and peri-urban areas who have to walk long distances to access these. *Cutting down costs will make life easy for many.*

It is evident that the call for data prices to fall is not a middle class, spoiled brats’ tantrum but a legitimate and pro-poor call to make the internet accessible to everyone.*High data costs perpetuate inequality*. The internet must be democratised now! /*Click here to join the campaign*/: https://awethu.amandla.mobi/petitions/bring-the-cost-of-data-down

<http://www.amandla.mobi/r?u=https%3A%2F%2Fawethu.amandla.mobi%2Fpetitions%2Fbring-the-cost-of-data-down&e=8e1fda847d84086850823f45989a7b8e&utm_source=amandla&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=data_must_fall&n=4&v=248>amandla .mobi seeks to build a more just and people-powered Mzansi. We do this by turning every cell phone into a democracy building tool so that no matter where you live; what language you speak or what issue you care about, you can take action with others. This has allowed many of our members to join forces and hold those in power to account on a number of issues for the past 2 years.

While members can join campaigns by sending an SMS or Pls call me to 074 357 6937 <tel:074%20357%206937>, it's costly for us to send bulk SMS blasts, so bringing down the cost of data would make amandla .mobi activism tools more easily available'. This makes the emailer longer, so i'd maybe cut 'The call for #DataMustFall could bring down the digital divide, that limits the majority in Mzansi from accessing information, education and jobs resources online. Let us stand together against the exorbitant pricing of data by MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom.'The call for #DataMustFall could bring down the digital divide, that limits the majority in Mzansi from accessing information, education and jobs resources online. *Let us stand together against the exorbitant pricing of data by MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom.*

Together for justice

Thuli, Koketso and Nqaba for amandla .mobi

/*PS: Can you help recruit more people to this campaign?*/ /*Click here to share the campaign on Facebook <http://goo.gl/kEJAc2>*/: goo.gl/kEJAc2 <http://goo.gl/kEJAc2> and /*click here to share the campaign on Twitter <http://goo.gl/AJQSf7>*/: goo.gl/AJQSf7 <http://goo.gl/AJQSf7>

[1] MTN, Vodacom take Icasa to court over rate cut decision. SAPA Mail & Guardian 25 March 2014

[2] #DataMustFall: Cut costs or else, Icasa warns. Rabbie Serumula for IOL. 24 Sep 2016

[3] Latest statistics South African-internet-penetration. Sarah Duff for webafrica. 7th July 2014


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