Local access and community networking

Landmark ruling in Mexico allows communities to provide service in areas that the telecoms market does not reach
Landmark ruling in Mexico allows communities to provide service in areas that the telecoms market does not reach 02 February 2021 APCNews

Organisations that help communities build and manage their own low-cost, open-source communications infrastructure are celebrating a landmark victory: exemption from radio spectrum fees.

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 32
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 32 29 January 2021 APCNews

Welcome to the 32sd monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks.

Networks woven with care
Networks woven with care 25 January 2021 Luisa Bagope and Sonaksha Iyengar for GenderIT.org

This beautifully illustrated story is a tale about how two community network women in India and the women around them sustained connectivity while navigating a global pandemic as the country came to a lockdown.

Statement by the board of directors of May First Movement Technology on the events of 6 January in Washington D.C.
Statement by the board of directors of May First Movement Technology on the events of 6 January in Washington D.C. 19 January 2021 May First Movement Technology

May First expresses concern over the events of 6 January 2021, which clearly demonstrate there is a large, organised and growing fascist movement in the United States, propelled by a false narrative framed and propagated by right-wing media and right-wing forces using the internet.

Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa: Discussion on sustainable models
Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa: Discussion on sustainable models 18 January 2021 Internet Society and APC

Community networks should consider developing a business model that will guarantee that the network will run with or without outside support from the onset.  This will be the focus of fourth session of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa, taking place on 27 January.

APC, Rhizomatica and 48percent.org join efforts to support community network responses to COVID-19
APC, Rhizomatica and 48percent.org join efforts to support community network responses to COVID-19 07 January 2021 48percent.org and APCNews

In a partnership with APC and Rhizomatica's LocNet initiative, 48percent.org is supporting five organisations, in Argentina, India, Mexico, Nigeria and Uganda, in their efforts to strengthen community networks and respond to the challenges in the face of COVID-19.

Reimagining the Africa Community Networks Summit during the COVID-19 pandemic
Reimagining the Africa Community Networks Summit during the COVID-19 pandemic 05 January 2021 Josephine Miliza and Carlos Rey-Moreno

At the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa, over 200 local connectivity network operators learned ways to bring affordable and reliable connectivity to underserved communities.

Hardworking and resilient women engage with a health information chatbot in Pamoja Net
Hardworking and resilient women engage with a health information chatbot in Pamoja Net 17 December 2020 Chako Armant for GenderIT.org

GenderIT.org and APC's local access networks project invited women who work in community networks to share their experiences in the times of COVID-19 and their reflections on what these times have revealed around centring meaningful communication in their physical and digital communities.

Women in community networks in Latin America: The story of Belém
Women in community networks in Latin America: The story of Belém 17 December 2020 Marcela Guerra and Cezar Renzi for GenderIT.org

This comic was inspired by interviews conducted with women who work with community networks in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, as a way of capturing their experiences in the form of an illustration that collects all their stories.

Community Networks Stories: How community networks from Latin America partnered up for learning, sharing and caring
Community Networks Stories: How community networks from Latin America partnered up for learning, sharing and caring 17 December 2020 ORCAL

The Latin American Community Networks Organisation for Technological Appropiation (ORCAL) is a joint initiative of Latin American community networks and network builders to reinforce their individual and collective sustainability.

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