Hi nico in brazil we are doing videos and preparing educational marerials with hybrid networks. When i arrive in home i can send the drafts and will be good to create a common space to share and co-create a better contents collectivly
Enviado do meu smartphone Samsung Galaxy.-------- Mensagem original --------De: Nicolas <nico(a)libre.ws> Data: 11/12/2016 09:32 (GMT-06:00) Para: dc3(a)listas.altermundi.net Assunto: [DC3] Courses initiatives on dc3
I just wanted to do a follow-up on the topic of knowledge sharing.
Who of you are doing courses on community connectivity?
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Hi All –
Apologies for a delay in responding. I have been in some off-site meetings.
See some musings below/in-line!
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Subject: Re: [Chapter-delegates] Community owned Fiber Networks
I've supported community networks for two decades, including by volunteering. It's a great dream and sometimes works. The Berkman report looks at some of the successes, nearly all muni. The city of Munich and Hamburg are among the best ISPs in Germany.
However, many community networks have been miserable failures. Burlington Vermont and the multi-city UTOPIA went bankrupt after investment of tens of millions. That's unfortunately all too common. In addition, as those criticizing the Berkman report emphasize, many of these networks will never be able to repay the initial public investment. Dedicated believers on both sides emphasize the data that supports their position.
ISOC has chosen to define "community networks" as bottom-up organizations in areas that do not already have coverage. That's where the need is greatest, but those areas are generally the hardest to cover. Low population density raises costs dramatically. Rural backhaul costs are usually ruinous. It's not impossible, but remarkably few bottom up community networks have delivered broadband for more than a few years.
*We also support the DC-3 definition of a CN which targets underserved areas (underserved means many things), and we notably have supported NYCMesh and SFBay and just launched more work with Mark on indigenous communities in NA.
The most constructive role ISOC could play is to find long term successes, learn from them, and pass on that information.
*We are on that and looking at some great CNs to highlight this year per our CN campaign focus. A great case-study from Tusheti, Georgia is here.
*If you look at the DC-3 list – many sites on that list of CNs have great stories on their sites or more data.
(As a reporter, I'm looking for examples to learn from. Please let me know off list. )
I've reported about why some succeed and others fail. Nearly all the successes are supported by municipal power and/or water utilities. Those without a local team experienced in running networks most often fail. There are dozens of examples. It is hard to reliably run a network for years.
It's possible to learn how, especially if you have a technical background, which is why I'm hopeful for the Brooklyn Mesh.
Supporting bottom up community networks is good work if we can do it effectively. But after twenty years, I can't think of a single country where they approach even 2%. These are old ideas, tried often, and only right in special circumstances.
The takeaway for ISOC is that we also need policies for the 98+% who will not be reached by our CN programs.
I like the A4AI’s “1 for 2” target for affordable internet — 1GB of mobile broadband data available for 2% or less of GNI per capita.
ISOC has the funding, reputation, and desire to influence the cost of access for the remaining 98%.
Let's figure out how we can be effective.
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