[DC3] Your comments on a just published APC issue paper on "Network infrastructures: The commons model for local participation, governance and sustainability"

Leandro Navarro leandro at pangea.org
Fri Mar 2 10:03:28 UTC 2018

Hi friends, there is a new APC issue paper on network infrastructures as
commons, published after several iterations with feedback from APC
staff. The title is:

Network infrastructures: The commons model for local participation,
governance and sustainability


Network infrastructures provide connectivity, a critical resource for
our digital lives, and are therefore key for social inclusion and public
participation. There are many technical, economic and operational ways
to provide internet connectivity. In this paper we describe a model to
develop network infrastructure as common property, governed under the
principles of common-pool resources.

The model is based on the principles of cooperation instead of
competition – because universal connectivity can only be achieved if
everyone has the right to create their own connectivity. There are many
examples of how communities have succeeded in organising to achieve
this. The result is local community network infrastructures that are
open, sustainable and adapted to local conditions, which can produce
abundant connectivity and support local socioeconomic development,
everywhere and for everyone.

Full paper:

The goal is to share these ideas to learn from any discussion or
feedback. I'll really appreciate if you have any comments, questions,
disagreements, to help improve the model. This work is only possible
thanks to initiatives and community networks like yours.

Regards, Leandro.

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