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What's new on the spectrum? "With flexibility and creativity, spectrum can be used efficiently": A discussion with Karla Velasco Ramos and Erick Huerta
What's new on the spectrum? "With flexibility and creativity, spectrum can be used efficiently": A discussion with Karla Velasco Ramos and Erick Huerta 05 December 2018

For our fifth interview in the spectrum series, we spoke with Karla Velasco Ramos and Erick Huerta, who both do extensive work on community network advocacy and development in Mexico. Erick is the assistant general coordinator and Karla is the international area coordinator at Redes por la Diversidad, Equidad y Sustentabilidad A.C. (Redes A.C.), a civil society organisation focused on indigenous and community communication and sustainable community development. Erick is also policy and advoca...

Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 12
Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter - Number 12 29 November 2018

Welcome to the 12th round-up of developments impacting your local access networks. 1. Calls for grants The GSMA launched a new Innovation Fund for Rural Connectivity, aimed at expanding digital inclusion through innovative new technology solutions for connecting unserved rural communities in Uganda and Ghana. Read more. The European Commission (EC) has announced that the date and time for the reopening of the WiFi4EU grant application portal will be 7 November. The reopening of ...

What's new on the spectrum? "The tide is changing": Exploring spectrum regulation and access with Carlos Rey-Moreno and Steve Song
What's new on the spectrum? "The tide is changing": Exploring spectrum regulation and access with Carlos Rey-Moreno and Steve Song 28 November 2018 APCNews

For the fourth interview in the spectrum series, we spoke with Dr Carlos Rey-Moreno and Steve Song. Carlos is a member of APC’s staff and a telecommunications engineer with a background in development studies. Carlos has been involved in rural connectivity projects in underserved areas for more than 10 years, initially with the Enlace Hispano Americano de Salud (EHAS) Foundation in Latin Amer...

UNESCO’s IPDC gives go ahead for Internet Universality Indicators
UNESCO’s IPDC gives go ahead for Internet Universality Indicators 27 November 2018 UNESCO

“The project to develop Internet Universality Indicators is at the very heart of UNESCO’s mandate. It is one of the best examples of UNESCO supporting its Member States in addressing digital gaps and contributing to sustainable development,” commented the Representative of Sweden, one of the donors of the project, at the 31st session of the IPDC (International Programme for Development of...

UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa
UN Committee: Accessible and affordable internet is critical for economic, social and cultural rights in South Africa 21 November 2018 Mehar Gujral for APCNews

“We welcome your critique regarding access to the internet and agree with most, if not all, of your criticisms,” stated South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations Luwellyn Landers to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights during the country’s first review at the Committee, which took place on 2 and 3 October. The UN Committee on Economic, Soc...

What's new on the spectrum? “We need more tools in the spectrum briefcase”: Discussing approaches to access with Mike Jensen
What's new on the spectrum? “We need more tools in the spectrum briefcase”: Discussing approaches to access with Mike Jensen 20 November 2018 APCNews

Our third interview in the spectrum series features APC's internet access specialist Mike Jensen.  Mike has a 30-year history of establishing communications systems in over 45 developing countries. An Internet Hall of Fame inductee, he has been at the forefront of network connectivity since “the very start”. Mike co-founded "The Web", an internet service provider for the non-profit se...

Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion
Launch of the 2018 GISWatch report on community networks: The many ways to "do-it-yourself" to end digital exclusion 15 November 2018 APCNews

On 13 November, APC held its official launch of the 2018 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Paris. Moderated by APC’s Kathleen Diga with statements from Chat Garcia Ramilo and Valeria Betancourt, the session brought together many of the authors who contributed to the report, which was themed this year on community-owned networks fo...

What's new on the spectrum? “Let's make sure we can use it for what is needed”: A conversation with Peter Bloom from Rhizomatica
What's new on the spectrum? “Let's make sure we can use it for what is needed”: A conversation with Peter Bloom from Rhizomatica 14 November 2018 APCNews

For the second interview in our spectrum series, we had the chance to speak with Peter Bloom, general coordinator and founder of Mexico-based NGO and APC member organisation, Rhizomatica.   Peter established Rhizomatica in 2009 with the mission of increasing telecommunications access by helping communities to build, own and manage their own low-cost, open source communications infrastructu...

Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the IGF intersessional work on Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) – Phase IV
Contribution from the Association for Progressive Communications to the IGF intersessional work on Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) – Phase IV 13 November 2018 APC

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) welcomes the initiative by the IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) to further develop ‎the IGF’s intersessional work on “Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next ‎Billion(s)”. We appreciate the opportunity to share our perspectives on some of the key aspects oriented to building an enabling environment for acces...

Submission on proposed policy on licensing unassigned high-demand spectrum and deployment of the WOAN
Submission on proposed policy on licensing unassigned high-demand spectrum and deployment of the WOAN 13 November 2018 Zenzeleni Networks, the Association for Progressive Communications, the University of the Western Cape, the University of Cape Town and Rhizomatica

In Notice 1003 published in Government Gazette No. 41935 dated 27 September 2018, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) invited the public to provide written comments on proposed policy and policy directions to the authority on licensing of unassigned high-demand spectrum. Our submission is premised on the supply-side challenges identified in the White Paper to transfo...

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