Dear Vasilis, once again congratulations!!!
From: council-bounces(a)lists.cnsig.info [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf
Of Vasilis Chryssos
Sent: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:26 PM
To: Vasilis Chryssos
Subject: [CNSIG-Council] Sarantaporo.gr CN is winner of European Broadband Awards 2019!
we are thrilled to share some very good news with all of you. Sarantaporo.gr community
network has been awarded the first prize at the European Broadband Awards 2019!
This is an exciting moment for us, but also, we believe, an exciting moment for CNs around
Europe and around the world.
Our proposal received a score of 9,8 out of 10. What made a big difference was our focus
in digital literacy and skills building. This is a characteristic of CNs that one does not
find in telecom operators. And it makes all the difference, in adding the word
"meaningful" to connectivity.
It started with guifi.net
<http://guifi.net> being awarded at the first EBA in 2015
as the best innovative model of financing, business and investment. Today Sarantaporo.gr
has received the first prize as the best example of demand generation and take-up of
connectivity. European Commission could not have put it more clearly that it is counting
on CNs to achieve its connectivity goals. In the words of Franco Accordino, DG Connect
Unit Director, at the closing of B-Day:
"We need to build an EU that works for people. The Greek example creates a strong
message to support community connectivity in Europe [..] In EU we don't have the
"garages", but we have the local communities which can innovate, through
We welcome this victory of ours as a victory of our local community, but also as a victory
of the Community-Networks-way of connecting people. At the IGF in Berlin it was
acknowledged that CNs are indeed an established approach to connectivity when it comes to
connecting remote areas or providing affordable, meaningful connectivity for all. We thus
believe that this is a time of profound recognition of CNs as important stakeholders in
connecting the unconnected across Europe and the world and we should leverage this
momentum that is building up.
We hope you will all celebrate this victory with us as a common achievement, which
hopefully contributes in bringing at a new level the discussion about the future of CNs in
connecting the unconnected.
for the Sarantaporo.gr Community Network,
Board Member / Administrator
Sarantaporo.gr Non Profit Organization
28 Karaiskaki str., 10554 Psirri, Athens, Greece
Tel: +30 211 8002730 <tel:%2B30%20211%208002730> , Mob: +30 694 794 8786
Email: vchryssos(a)sarantaporo.gr <mailto:email@example.com> , Web: