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Online launch invitation

On 22 September at 14:00 UTC, join this online dialogue about an upcoming report focused on community connectivity providers – community networks, municipal networks and social enterprises building digital equity across the world. Register now.

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  • When: 22 September (Thursday) 2022 at 14:00 UTC

  • Where: On Zoom, please click here to register

  • Who:

    • Jochai Ben-Avie (Connect Humanity)

    • Ben Matranga (Connectivity Capital)

    • Jane Coffin (Connect Humanity)

    • Bruce Patterson (EntryPoint Networks)

    • Carlos Rey-Moreno (Association for Progressive Communications)

    • Shaun Pather (Zenzeleni)

    • Anoop Nagendra (Connectivity Capital)

    • Chris Conder MBE (B4RN)

    • Juan Peirano (Internet Society)

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of the “Financing mechanisms for locally-owned internet infrastructure” report, a new study that documents and analyzes the operating models and financing mechanisms that can enable community connectivity providers to expand internet access and build digital equity.

Across the world, a growing number of community networks, municipal networks and social enterprises are successfully connecting those who have historically been unserved or underserved, especially in the areas where traditional for-profit companies choose not to invest. While these community connectivity providers are building solutions to the persistent digital divide, almost all of them struggle to access capital.

This publication will provide an overview of various network models while giving a deep look at how they can be financed sustainably to provide reliable, affordable internet to communities.

The online launch will bring together experts and builders to discuss the report and strategies that can fund community-centered initiatives. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about case studies featuring concrete experiences and discuss recommendations for policymakers, funders and network builders.

The “Financing mechanisms for locally-owned internet infrastructure” report comes from a partnership between Internet Society, Association for Progressive Communications, Connectivity Capital and Connect Humanity.

Register now to join the discussion on 22 September.