APCNews 104 – Net neutrality in Peru, Congo telecoms reform
APCNews – July 16 2009 – Year X Issue 104
The news service on ICTs for social justice and sustainable development
The hot issue in Peru at the moment is the future of the internet: will it be open and available to everyone or will big companies get their way and start developing a second “premium” layer only accessible to those who can pay for it? The situation in Peru and neighbouring Andean countries following twenty years of unbridled free-market policies in the internet and telephone sectors are the subjects of a new series of reports from APC. Meanwhile on July 12, the Congolese lined up to vote for their next leader, hoping for a reform in the telecommunications sector after more than a decade of unsuccessful liberalisation and privatisation policies and the virtual collapse of services.
— NEWS —Broadband in the Andes: Alternatives to the free-market model
MONTEVIDEO (CILAC) – The Andean region has some of the lowest fixed telephone line, mobile telephony and broadband penetration rates of all Latin America, the continent with the starkest economic disparities in the world. In the 90s, Andean countries adopted new liberalisation and privatisation policies in order to attain universal access. Almost 20 years later, these promises have not been fulfilled. APC studied each country through national reports in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela in order to understand this failure. As the State in countries like Venezuela and Ecuador has begun to play a more pro-active role, the research also analyses their effectiveness and the opportunities and challenges of this renewed involvement.
New presidential term, new hope for better telecoms in the Congo?
CALGARY (LC for APCNews) – On July 12 2009, the Congolese decided on their leader for the next seven years. In a country where the telephone system is barely functional and 97% of the population can not access the internet, a reform in the telecommunications sector could lead to renewed interest in the country by investors, which would boost the country’s economy. However, it has been difficult to implement a coherent ICT policy in the country so far. Will the new presidential term that is about to begin bring successful reforms to the sector? APC looks at the state of ICT policy in the country and the road ahead.
ICTs and minorities: Deaf students no longer excluded from IT
MERIDA (Lourdes Pietrosemoli for EsLaRed) – There aren’t that many options for the deaf in Venezuela, and those who do have full time employment often find it difficult to take time off for other activities like professional courses. But the Cisco Networking Academy found a way to train four men and two women who can not hear, on IT Essentials. This course, an initiative by APC member EsLaRed, was given in Venezuelan sign language and was a great success – not only to those who gained the new skills, but also to the project creators, who believe there is potential to apply the project in other communities worldwide.
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