ICT ministries and regulators from Southern Africa are meeting this week to consider ways to use infrastructure sharing to help achieve more universal access to broadband.
Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
RightsCon, Manila, Philippines
Manila, Philippines—DEF team member, Ms. Ritu Srivastava, participated in the interactive session on Right to Access the Internet: Upholding a Human Right at the RightsCon conference in Manila, Philippines.
Unlocking broadband for all: Broadband infrastructure sharing policies and strategies in emerging markets
In the quest for universal access, this study shows that the cost of network deployment can be dramatically reduced if operators collaborate with each other in deploying fibre optic backbones or masts for wireless broadband. The report points out that even greater savings can be made if other utilities such as roads, rail lines, pipelines and power grids share their infrastructure with network operators. This makes it feasible for small network operators to enter the market, which increases competition, making netwwork access more affordable and more widespread.
Download the report or sections of it from the links above. The full report includes the Appendix with the 10 country case studies (Côte d’Ivoire, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda). See the link on Related projects for further details on the APC Infrastructure Sharing project.
Governments must promote sharing networks and laying cables with other infrastructure such as roads and power lines if they are to meet needs for universal broadband.
Asia Pacific stakeholders assert ‘Human rights should be the heart of internet governance discussion’
Annually since 2010, stakeholders coming from different countries in the Asia Pacific (AP) meet to discuss pertinent issues on internet governance.
The Foundation for Media Alternatives is dismayed by the Philippine Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the majority of provisions in a cyber crime law that the organisation views as oppressive, susceptible to abuse, and against the fundamental liberties guaranteed by the constitution.
The Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance (PIFA), integrated by APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives, released a statement in commemoration of the 1st year of the passage of the repressive Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 in the Philippines into law. PIFA is developing a week-long online campaign to make sure that netizens will not forget that even though the law was temporarily halted, vigilance should remain to ensure that the law is completely junked.
A mini-survey conducted by APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives in the Philippines revealed that more than half of those who have experienced some form of online violation did not do anything about it, showing that many still consider tech-related violence as trivial. To counter this situation, FMA takes action as a partner in APC’s project “End violence: Women’s rights and safety online.”