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Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 27
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 27 30 July 2020

Welcome to the 27th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

APC at RightsCon Online 2020
APC at RightsCon Online 2020 22 July 2020 APCNews

The 2020 RightsCon will take place online from 27 to 31 July. Throughout the program we plan to promote a global South perspective for human rights online, including by supporting and promoting the important work of APC members.

African Internet Resilience: What about complementary access models?
African Internet Resilience: What about complementary access models? 22 July 2020 APCNews

How can complementary models promote access in underserved areas? Which policies and regulations should be implemented to enable them? The fifth webinar of the Internet Resilience in Africa series will take place on 30 July to address these issues.

DEF: Low-cost connectivity solutions fostering openness in times of COVID-19
DEF: Low-cost connectivity solutions fostering openness in times of COVID-19 21 July 2020 DEF

Because of the pandemic, India has been under lockdown since March. What does this mean for rural communities, only 20% of whom have access to the internet? Community networks established by organisations like Digital Empowerment Foundation are bringing critical services to 100 villages of India.

Community Networks Stories: Sharing the vision and importance of the network, to improve and strengthen people’s lives
Community Networks Stories: Sharing the vision and importance of the network, to improve and strengthen people’s lives 15 July 2020 Nontsokolo Sigcau for Zenzeleni

Nontsokolo Sigcau, better known by those around her as Mama Sigcau, is one of the pillars in the community of Mankosi as well as one of the original Zenzeleni Mankosi Cooperative directors, and has been involved in the network through its multiple phases over the last seven years.

Joint statement for HRC44 virtual meeting of the Human Rights Council president with NGOs
Joint statement for HRC44 virtual meeting of the Human Rights Council president with NGOs 14 July 2020 Various

This joint statement by 20 non-governmental organisations, including APC, outlines the barriers to participation experienced by civil society during the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, and calls for measures to remedy these obstacles.

Media Matters for Democracy expresses concern over students' lack of internet access for online education
Media Matters for Democracy expresses concern over students' lack of internet access for online education 13 July 2020 Media Matters for Democracy

Students are facing infrastructural challenges in attending online classes, which are mandatory. The unavailability of quality access to the internet is causing massive challenges for students who are solely dependent on online platforms for education during COVID-19.

Comments on the draft 2020-2024 spectrum policy in Colombia
Comments on the draft 2020-2024 spectrum policy in Colombia 02 July 2020 Colnodo

Most of the spectrum sharing to date has focused on TV white spaces, and extending it to the IMT bands, those used for mobile broadband, and hence being able to reach users' handsets, is a major advance in the advocacy work that Colnodo has been leading in Colombia for this to happen.

Community Networks Stories: ComunicArte gathering in Colombia fosters mutual learning among peers
Community Networks Stories: ComunicArte gathering in Colombia fosters mutual learning among peers 01 July 2020 Colnodo

The five-day event combined workshops in Popayán, where representatives of community networks from throughout the region shared experiences and knowledge with the others, and a day-trip visit to the RedINC community network in the municipality of Buenos Aires, Cauca.

Joint submission to the Ethiopian Communications Authority on draft telecommunications licensing regulations
Joint submission to the Ethiopian Communications Authority on draft telecommunications licensing regulations 30 June 2020 Various

On 17 June 2020, APC collaborated with other organisations to submit a contribution to the draft Telecommunications Licensing Directive No. 1/2020. In the contribution, we recommend the Ethiopian Communications Authority consider international recommendations, as well as best practices in other countries both regionally and globally.

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