May First/People Link (MF/PL)
What is May First/People Link
MF/PL is an organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Hosting Service" in a collective, progressive and collaborative way.
May First/People Link is like a coop: as members, we pay dues, buy equipment and then we all use that equipment as we need to for websites, email, email lists, and just about everything else we do on the Internet.
At MF/PL members are encourage to use all the resources necessary to be successful - whether that's additional email addresses, web sites or other services: there are no pre-defined limits to what you can use. All you do is pay your dues. Dues are on a sliding scale, starting with $200 for an organization and $100 for an individual (90% of our members pay this level of dues). A small number of organizations pay more based on the cost of their additional resource usage.
MF/PL is comprised of both individuals and organizations and is directed by a Leadership Committee comprised of 15 MF/PL members who named a director to oversee operations day to day. The MF/PL "staff" is a group of members, most of whom donate their time to the organization.
At this point, MF/PL is one of the few organizations of its type in the world and one of the world's oldest and largest politically progressive Internet providers.
The primary benefit of May First/People Link membership is your access to reliable, state-of-art hosting infrastructure built from the bottom up on free and open source software and maintained based on our statement of political unity. As an activist, mission-based project, our primary concern is not profit, but instead the stability, security, reliability and future of our movement's Internet infrastructure.
Our network consists of about 100 virtual servers in five different geographic locations. Most services are concentrated in two professional colocation centers in New York City.
The Organic Internet
What exactly is the Internet and what role does it play in our movement for social change? In this collection of essays, colorcoverinside2 May First/People Link techie-organizers explore this remarkable social movement https://mayfirst.org/organicinternet
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