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 publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The report presented the findings gathered through visits to 12 rural community networks in the global South, in addition to information on a number of others compiled through...

Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary?
Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Why is research on community networks necessary? 18 March 2020

The research publication "Bottom-up Connectivity Strategies: Community-led small-scale telecommunication infrastructure networks in the global South", authored by Nicola J. Bidwell and Michael Jensen and launched in 2019, studied the benefits of, and challenges facing, small-scale, community-based connectivity projects. The ultimate goal of the research was to contribute to creating a more enabling environment for small community-based local access networks to grow and flourish, given the vit...

"Communication is a basic right": Training for Latin American indigenous communities to develop their own communications and broadcasting networks
"Communication is a basic right": Training for Latin American indigenous communities to develop their own communications and broadcasting networks 12 March 2020 APCNews

“Communication is a basic, fundamental right. It’s a human right, it’s a right of all communities. Also because spectrum, the space where waves are transmitted, is part of the territory where communities live.” These are the words of one of the participants in the Training Programme for Technical Promoters of Communication and Broadcasting Network Technologies in Indigenous Communities ...

CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People
CNX 2019 Report: Community Networks and the Internet of People 12 March 2020 Ritu Srivastava, Saurabh Srivastva and Kriti Singh

In December 2019, the third edition of the Community Network Exchange (CNX) took place in India. Over 50 people from 12 countries across Asia and South America met for a three-day summit, and this report provides an overview of the agenda, objectives and context of the event. The purpose of the CNX is for practitioners of community networks and community radio stations to discuss...

Telecommunications Reclaimed: A hands-on guide to networking communities
Telecommunications Reclaimed: A hands-on guide to networking communities 18 February 2020 Various (Edited by Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay and Félix Tréguer, CNRS)

This book is a guide on how to build a community network, a shared local telecommunications infrastructure, managed as a commons, to access the internet and other digital communications services. It was written collectively by a group of community network pioneers in Europe, activists and researchers during a writing residency week held in Vic, Catalonia in October 2018. It was a time of hard w...

Comments in respect of the Provisioning of Mobile Broadband Wireless Open Access Services for Urban and Rural Areas Using the Complementary Bands, IMT700, IMT800, IMT2300, IMT2600 and IMT3500
Comments in respect of the Provisioning of Mobile Broadband Wireless Open Access Services for Urban and Rural Areas Using the Complementary Bands, IMT700, IMT800, IMT2300, IMT2600 and IMT3500 31 January 2020 Zenzeleni Networks and APC

In Public Notice 597 in the Government Gazette dated 1 November 2019 on the Licensing Process for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) Spectrum, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) invited interested stakeholders to submit their comments in respect of the Provisioning of Mobile Broadband Wireless Open Access Services for Urban and Rural Areas Using the Comp...

Nodes that bond: Meet the women building community networks in rural Brazil
Nodes that bond: Meet the women building community networks in rural Brazil 27 January 2020 APCNews

"To me it was an extremely interesting experience, something I had never seen anywhere before: the possibility of a truly safe environment to express what we think and feel, to clarify our doubts, start to grasp where women are placed within the world of technology, and actually learn things.” This is how one of the participants described the women’s circle presented in this video, “Nodes...

APC submission to the ITU Council Working Group-Internet Open Consultation on “International Internet-related Public Policy Issues on Harnessing New and Emerging Telecommunications/ICTs for Sustainable Development”
APC submission to the ITU Council Working Group-Internet Open Consultation on “International Internet-related Public Policy Issues on Harnessing New and Emerging Telecommunications/ICTs for Sustainable Development” 22 January 2020 APC

In an increasingly interconnected world, it is easy to forget that many people, especially those living in the rural areas of low-income economies, lack basic internet connectivity. We encourage the ITU to continue to focus on its core mandate of “connecting all the world’s people”. Within this context, ITU’s expertise could help to explore new and emerging technologies to improve conne...

Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone"
Nontsokolo Sigcau of Zenzeleni: "I want to take this community network to other communities, because internet is for everyone" 02 January 2020 APCNews

This is the fifth in a series of interviews that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We are documenting their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. For this interview we spoke with Nontsokolo Sigcau. Nontsokolo Sigcau, better known by those around her as Mama Sigcau, is a representative of Zen...

Marcela Guerra from Coolab, Brazil: "Now women feel safe to explain technology in a context where before they did not even feel safe to ask"
Marcela Guerra from Coolab, Brazil: "Now women feel safe to explain technology in a context where before they did not even feel safe to ask" 12 December 2019 APCNews

This is the fourth in a series of interviews we will be publishing until the end of the year that highlight the journey, struggles and achievements of women doing work in community networks. We will document their experiences with the intention to inspire more women to get involved in this field. This month we are featuring Marcela Guerra. Marcela is a representative of Coolab in Brazil for the...

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