ICT policy

Congo – internet access for a day’s wage

CALGARY 16 July 2009 (LC for APCNews)

In the Congo, people are paying for a service that cannot even meet their needs. Poor connectivity and staggering costs that can be as high as USD 2 make it difficult to promote widespread use of the internet. In a country where people earn as little as three or four dollars (US) a day, it is impossible for 97% of Congolese to even access the internet. And those who do, are not guaranteed to get what they need from it: it can take over an hour to download a single file. With the newly re-elected government back in power, ICTs are becoming an increasingly important issue for the country’s economic and social development. Will this new presidential term bring successful reforms to the sector? APC looks at the state of ICT policy in the country and the road ahead.

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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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Communication for influence (CILAC): Research and advocacy

(June 2009, APC )
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