As many of you know, we started a webinar series on ‘Rights to the Network’ as part of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Community Networks (DC3)<https://www.intgovforum.org/multilingual/content/dynamic-coalition-on-commu…> to help build capacity and knowledge around issues related to community networks.
I’m excited to let you know that the next webinar will be livestreamed the YouTube Channel for the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (https://www.youtube.com/user/PCMLPOXFORD) on October 10th at 9:30 AM (UTC) with Ritu Srivastava talking about innovations in licensing, based on her experiences in India.
The first webinar was with Steve Song about access to infrastructure. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/ijjYmOYZzWk
This is a great opportunity to create a dialogue around these issues – you can comment and participate live with Q&A and afterward with comments on the video. Stay tuned for more info closer to the date.
Dr Kira Allmann
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Media Law & Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
Communications Director, Oxford Human Rights Hub
Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
From Triodos, a pioneer in ethical banking
They offered a round of investment open to the public in the B4RN rural
community fibre. You can see they reached 102% of the target investment
(3 Million GBP) in this public call:
In the offer document you can see the description of the initiative for
potential investors. They offer 4.5% interest rate for an investment in
7 year term. The call it seems is still open for another month but
oriented to UK residents. A proof that CN proposals can be both feasible
and sustainable in financial (bankable) and local impact.
All the best, Leandro.
First of all, I would like to thank ALL those who, over the past months, have contributed to the elaboration of the DC3 Outcome document.
The updated and still-under-construction DRAFT is available at the URL I shared in my previous email https://pad.codigosur.org/DraftPolicyModelCN
As we discussed before, it would be good to have a threefold Outcome document (that could be converted into a booklet to be distributed at the IGF) featuring the following sections:
1) A brief introductory session on CNs and their core elements. Thanks Carlos and Steve for sharing the text on "Enabling Affordable Access for All" you prepared for WSIS.
2) The Policy Elements for CNs. I think we have a good consolidated DRAFT including all issues on which we may agree and have been explored over the past years.
3) A final part featuring a selection of "Informative Materials," which can be structured in the four macro theme we proposed at our RightsCon meeting i.e. Fundamental rights; Access to infrastructure including spectrum; Licensing, fees and compliance; Taxation and funding
IMPORTANT: unfortunately it was not possible to organise all the webinars we wanted in such a short time frame. Kira, who is responsible for the webinars, will have more news on when they will be scheduled.
However, it is still very feasible to provide a list of suggested articles, studies, papers, recommendations, that provide a positive contributions in the 4 macro field listed above. I have added the 4 macro theme in the PAD, under Section 3 "Informative Materials". I think we could add the reference and, perhaps, the abstract of 5 to 10 documents per macro theme.
YOUR HELP is particularly WELCOME to beef up section 3, especially if you have published studies, article, etc on the issues.
Please add the documents by 25 September
Luca Belli, PhD
Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation
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What Are the Economic Effects of Municipal Broadband?
24 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2019
Sarah Oh <https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1233111>
Technology Policy Institute
Date Written: July 26, 2019
Does municipal broadband stimulate broadband adoption or employment growth?
I conduct an empirical study of American towns that have built municipal
networks to answer this question. Using data from the FCC’s Form 477 and
the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, I track broadband
deployment, adoption, and employment statistics for these towns from 2013
to 2017. A town’s decision to install a municipal network in the first
place is not random, however. To deal with selection effects, I apply
Coarsened Exact Matching to ordinary least squares regression to compare
results from the treatment group with a weighted control group of similar
towns. I also apply two-stage least squares regression with instrumental
variable analysis to deal with endogeneity in the decision to build. I do
not find evidence that municipal broadband yields benefits in broadband
subscription rates or employment growth.
Keywords: broadband deployment, broadband adoption, municipal broadband
JEL Classification: L96
Oh, Sarah, What Are the Economic Effects of Municipal Broadband? (July 26,
2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3426247 or
IEEE Toronto SIGHT Chair