Latin America & the Caribbean

Broadband in the Andes: Alternatives to the free-market model

MONTEVIDEO 16 July 2009 (APCNews)

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.

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ICTs and minorities: Deaf students no longer excluded from IT

MERIDA 16 July 2009 (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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Venezuela: Analysis of the proposal for reforming the Telecommunications, informatics and postal services law

By Sandra L. Benítez U., Adela Vivas y Luis Germán Rodríguez (June 2009, APC )
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Peru: Public strategies for new technologies in rural areas

By Roberto Bustamante Vento y Maicu Alvarado V. (June 2009, APC )
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Ecuador: Inputs from civil society for the formulation of the Communication Law

By Raquel Escobar Guevara (June 2009, APC )
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Venezuela: Fund for Universal Service

By Sandra L. Benítez U. (June 2009, APC )
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Peru: Fund for the Investment in Telecommunications

By Laura León Kanashiro (June 2009, APC )
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Ecuador: Fund for the Development of Telecommunications in Rural and Urban-marginal Areas

By Hugo Carrión Gordón (June 2009, APC )
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Colombia: Communications Fund

By Marco Pérez (June 2009, APC )
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