Local access and community networking

Inside the Digital Society: Investment priorities - 5G or not 5G?
Inside the Digital Society: Investment priorities - 5G or not 5G? 27 April 2020 David Souter

In terms of the expansion of 5G technology, there are big public policy implications , which are about national resources as well as digital investment. 

Call for organisations to nominate and host Asia regional coordinator for community networks project
Call for organisations to nominate and host Asia regional coordinator for community networks project 24 April 2020 APC

We are looking for an organisation to nominate and host the Asia regional coordinator for the “Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives” project.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Institutional models adopted by community networks
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Institutional models adopted by community networks 23 April 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at the different institutional models of the networks studied.

DEF: We need free talk time and internet during COVID-19
DEF: We need free talk time and internet during COVID-19 17 April 2020 Osama Manzar for DEF

Digital Empowerment Foundation argues that free talk time and internet are crucial to help India's migrant works during the pandemic. 

Civil society comments on Kenya's "Draft Dynamic Spectrum Access Framework for Authorisation of the Use of TV White Spaces"
Civil society comments on Kenya's "Draft Dynamic Spectrum Access Framework for Authorisation of the Use of TV White Spaces" 17 April 2020 Various

In March 2020, the Communications Authority of Kenya invited comments on the Draft Dynamic Spectrum Access Framework for Authorisation of the Use of TV White Spaces. Five civil society organisations presented their comments with the common objective to help create a quality and affordable telecommunications service to all Kenyans, especially those in rural and underserved areas.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Technical and operational strategies in community networks
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Technical and operational strategies in community networks 09 April 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we look at the various technical and operational strategies adopted.

Zenzeleni and Tunapanda community networks respond to COVID-19 in Africa
Zenzeleni and Tunapanda community networks respond to COVID-19 in Africa 08 April 2020 APCNews

In a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that people are able to obtain information that will help them stay safe and aware of an evolving situation, and initiatives like these are crucial for reducing the traditional barriers to information that prevent global access.

Brazil acknowledges community networks as viable option for connectivity
Brazil acknowledges community networks as viable option for connectivity 03 April 2020 Marta Kopp

Brazil's communications regulator Anatel has acknowledged that community networks are a viable option for Brazilians. This decision provides for both regulation for existing community networks and the creation of future networks. The question now is, what happens next?

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why do communities decide to build their own communications networks?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why do communities decide to build their own communications networks? 02 April 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, projects of this kind. This week we explore the motivations for establishing community networks.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Meet the community networks studied during the research 26 March 2020

The research report "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South" explores the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. Here we look at the initiatives studied.

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