Carlos Rey-Moreno

Local access policy and regulation coordinator, community networks project

Biography

Dr. Carlos Rey-Moreno is a telecommunications engineer with a background on development studies. Carlos has been involved in rural connectivity projects in underserved areas for more than ten years, initially with the EHAS Foundation (www.ehas.org) in Latin America, and more recently as one of the founders of Zenzeleni Networks, a community-owned ISP providing affordable communications in rural Eastern Cape, South Africa. In studying how to scale Zenzeleni Networks, he has become one of the most knowledgeable people about the community networks movement in Africa by participating in the deployment of another community network in Namibia, mapping the community network initiatives in the continent, co-organising the first two editions of the Summit of Community Networks in Africa, and authoring an in-depth report on the topic. He has also been involved in the LibreRouter project, an initiative to create software and hardware solutions to facilitate the deployment of community networks.

Purpose of position

The local access policy and regulation coordinator is responsible for overall coordination of Work Package 4 (WP4) of the "Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives" project. The objective of WP4 is to contribute to an enabling policy and regulatory environment for local access at national, regional and global levels in the project framework. The WP4 coordinator is also responsible for providing overall strategic direction to the project, which will involve working closely with the overall project coordinator, the movement building coordinator, the gender and women's engagement coordinator, the regional coordinators and the rest of the project team. It also includes working closely with the Women's Rights Programme (WRP) and the global policy advocacy lead based on an integrated strategy for the policy and regulation work in the regions and globally.

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