[DC3] Paragraphs for the IGF Connecting & Enabling the Next Billion(s) Report

Luca Belli luca.belli at fgv.br
Wed Oct 19 21:32:20 UTC 2016

Hi all,

The IGF Secretariat asked whether the DC3 is interested in submitting two paragraphs to be included in the IGF Report on Policy Options for Connecting the Next Billion(s), in order to explain how community networks can support the UN Sustainable Development Goals in connecting and enabling more users.
Info on the IGF Connecting & Enabling the Next Billion(s) can be found here

I think this could be a good opportunity. I prepared the paras below that you can modify (by 26 October) using this pad https://public.etherpad-mozilla.org/p/Paragraphs_for_Connecting_the_Nex_Billion_Report

Community networks (CN) are a subset of crowdsourced networks, structured to be open, free, and neutral. Such networks rely on the active participation of local communities in the deployment and management of the shared infrastructure as a common resource, owned by the community and operated in a democratic fashion. CNs can be operationalised, wholly or partly, through local private sector entities or public administrations and are characterised by collective ownership; social management; open design and open participation; freedom of peering free transit as well as the utilisation of open source software and technologies.

Over the past decade, a variety of successful examples of CNs have emerged in all continents, exploiting many technical and governance configurations, as documented by the Report of the Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity.* Such examples have demonstrated that CNs may be a viable option to connect the unconnected while truly empowering local communities. Notably, the establishment of CNs has proven that local stakeholders, including public administrations, entrepreneurs and NGOs, may become protagonists of the development of Internet connectivity, build infrastructure form the first square mile. Furthermore, CNs have fostered the development of new services, applications and local content as well as the creation of occupations, reaching several dozen jobs, as in the Guifi.net case. Therefore, CNs should be considered as a credible option for connecting the unconnected, while public policies should be crafted in order to facilitate rather than hinder the establishment of CN, as suggested by the Declaration on Community Connectivity.**

*reference to the URL of the DC3 Report
**reference to the Guadalajara Declaration


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Luca Belli, PhD
Senior Researcher
Head of Internet Governance @ FGV<http://internet-governance.fgv.br/> luca.belli at fgv.br
+55 21 3799 5763


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