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Community Networks in Latin America: Challenges, Regulations and Solutions
Community Networks in Latin America: Challenges, Regulations and Solutions 11 November 2018 Carlos Baca, Luca Belli, Erick Huerta and Karla Velasco

Over the past decade, numerous discussions have highlighted the essential role that internet connectivity plays in driving fundamental changes in economic and social development. The purpose of this study is not only to highlight the potential of community networks in terms of expanding connectivity and its positive social, cultural and economic externalities, but also to point out the regulatory elements that might optimise their development and highlight the regulatory experiences that have...

Launch of the 2018 edition of GISWatch on community networks at the IGF
Launch of the 2018 edition of GISWatch on community networks at the IGF 08 November 2018

Like every year, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be the venue where the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) launches the new edition of its annual publication Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch). This year, the theme of the report is community networks, understood as “communication networks built, owned, operated and used by citizens in a participatory and open manner.” When: Tuesday, 13 November 2018 – 13:30 to 15:00 Where: Salle X, UNESCO headquarters, Pa...

What's new on the spectrum? "Regulation cannot be static: Flexibility is required to accompany technological advances" - A conversation with Carlos Afonso from Nupef
What's new on the spectrum? "Regulation cannot be static: Flexibility is required to accompany technological advances" - A conversation with Carlos Afonso from Nupef 07 November 2018

Electromagnetic spectrum is ubiquitous. Like other common goods, spectrum has historically been subject to gradual curtailment and private ownership. At the same time, it continues to be invisible in political discussions. There are currently opportunities to change this scenario, which will largely depend on a new understanding of what the spectrum is and how to use it, as well as significant ...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 11
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 11 25 October 2018

Welcome to the 11th monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Call for grants The GSMA Connected Society will be launching its Connect Society Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity this October 2018. With support from the UK Department for International Development, the program fund aims to support innovative new technology solutions for connecting unserve...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 10
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 10 28 September 2018 APCNews

Welcome to the tenth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved The call for contributions to the 2018 work of the IGF Best Practice Forum (BPF) on Gender and Access is now open. Please feel free to disseminate this call to any relevant contacts and networks. This year, the BPF is exploring the impact of initiatives that support/develop alternative ...

Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa
Changes in the telecoms landscape and their implications for universal, affordable access to communication in Africa 26 September 2018 APCNews

What are the most relevant changes in the telecommunications landscape and their implications for achieving universal, affordable access to communication in Africa? This was the main focus of a workshop organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Communications Regulators’ Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) on 9 September 2018. Held as a pre-event to the 201...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 9 30 August 2018

Welcome to the ninth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Call for grants OpenCellular Grants (OCG) is a programme to fund, promote and accelerate the non-commercial development and non-traditional deployment of OpenCellular (OC) in rural areas where access to cellular is limited due to availability of service, price of service or limited consumer demand. ...

Funding models for community-based internet service providers
Funding models for community-based internet service providers 17 August 2018 Adriano Belisário, Bruno Vianna, Hiure Queiroz and Thiago Novaes

Brazil still has a wide digital divide: more than 30% of households are not connected to the internet. According to a recent research study, the lack of experience in using technology and the high prices imposed by companies are amongst the main reasons why households are disconnected. Most of those with no access live in the countryside – less than half of households in rural areas are conne...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 8
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 8 26 July 2018

Welcome to the eighth monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved  Fellowship for IETF 103, 3-9 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more.   Fellowships for the 3rd Summit of Community Networks, 2-7 September 2018 in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Read more. Call for resources for the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Community Conne...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 7
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 7 27 June 2018

Welcome to the seventh monthly round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Get involved If you are interested in being part of a movement for more transparency in the telecom sector through open data policies and practice, please join the discussion forum at Open Telecom Data. Read more in the discussion piece by Steve Song here and a follow-up podcast interview here.&...

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