Community-led digital inclusion

Community connectivity providers can be the missing piece to bridge the digital divide
Community connectivity providers can be the missing piece to bridge the digital divide 06 October 2022 Débora Prado

A new report featuring 11 case studies across 10 countries brings evidence that community-led initiatives are needed to bridge the digital divide, and examines how these network models can be financed sustainably. Discover why in this piece about the report’s launch and the inspiring experiences of two community networks, B4RN (UK) and Zenzeleni (South Africa).

Financing mechanisms for locally owned internet infrastructure
Financing mechanisms for locally owned internet infrastructure 22 September 2022 Jim Forster, Ben Matranga and Anoop Nagendra

A growing number of community networks and other community connectivity providers are connecting those who have historically been unserved or underserved by traditional internet service providers. This report analyses the operating models and financing mechanisms that can support their success.

Meaningful connectivity: Pledges to enable bottom-up and rights-based solutions
Meaningful connectivity: Pledges to enable bottom-up and rights-based solutions 06 June 2022 APCNews

Within the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition, APC was invited to be part of the "Empowering Communities" focus area lead. In that role, we have been highlighting the importance of commitment to policy, regulation and financial mechanisms to enable bottom-up and rights-based initiatives.

Murambinda Community Network and the Integral Kumusha: “We feel we’re creating a movement that will be unstoppable”
Murambinda Community Network and the Integral Kumusha: “We feel we’re creating a movement that will be unstoppable” 20 April 2022 APCNews

What does it take for communities to make change happen? Discover the elements that make it possible for community networks to emerge and enable rural development in Zimbabwe.

Kenya adopts community networks licensing framework
Kenya adopts community networks licensing framework 23 November 2021 Mwendwa Kivuva for KICTANet

The Communications Authority of Kenya adopted a Licensing and Shared Spectrum Framework for Community Networks after holding a public consultation in the country and promoting a process that allowed the development of the framework in partnership with multiple stakeholders.

Policy brief and recommendations for an enabling environment for community networks in Brazil
Policy brief and recommendations for an enabling environment for community networks in Brazil 20 October 2021

This policy brief explores how to better build community network policies to facilitate their emergence and sustainability in Brazil. Its executive summary presents the main recommendations focused on regulation and formulation of public policies

A groundbreaking government programme opens the way for community-based connectivity in Argentina
A groundbreaking government programme opens the way for community-based connectivity in Argentina 03 September 2021 AlterMundi

The Roberto Arias Connectivity Programme seeks to address urgent demands in regions of Argentina affected by digital exclusion.

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.

Expanding the telecommunications operators ecosystem: Policy and regulatory guidelines to enable local operators
Expanding the telecommunications operators ecosystem: Policy and regulatory guidelines to enable local operators 16 September 2020 APC, Redes A.C., Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya

Based on recent changes in the telecommunications industry, this paper analyses solutions for the expansion of the telecommunication operator ecosystem.

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: What can we learn from the research to make advocacy for community networks more effective? 14 May 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 recommendations that emerged from the research.

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