Thanks for the inputs and suggestions.
I agree that some commitment from A4AI to promote debate on and development of CN would be
an excellent result from the meeting.
Perhaps we may aim at the organisation of a miny CN Summit within the IGF. Perhaps an IGF
pre-event? The IGF already attract many of the stakeholders who may be interested.
De: dc3-bounces(a)listas.altermundi.net [dc3-bounces(a)listas.altermundi.net] em nome de Ritu
Enviado: quinta-feira, 7 de abril de 2016 21:58
Para: Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity
Assunto: Re: [DC3] Suggestions for the Alliance for Affordable Internet
We are member of A4AI. Along with A4AI, we are organising open session on "Addressing
the Rural Connectivity Challenge – Community Networks and Other Emerging Strategies"
at ICTD2016. The schedule is given at
One thing as Raul mentioned that we don't have one platform where we all can meet,
discuss and share our ideas and challenges too.
Affordable access with appropriate accessibility is one challenge that is not being
recognised by larger group. One idea you can stress that if A4AI can support us in
organising global summit on "Community Networks".
I am trying to work on this where all community network providers; technologist, content
providers; policy makers can join and discuss the possibilities of providing
On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 2:31 AM, Luca Belli
I have been invited to participate to the meeting of the Alliance for Affordable Internet
(A4AI) that will take place next week in Washington, DC. The A4AI aims at fostering
affordable internet access but, over the past weeks, has been criticised for being
I believe that those who have worked within the A4AI, so far, have missed the importance
of concrete alternatives to “traditional” approaches, such as community networks that DC3
advocates for. My understanding is that A4AI is open to consider alternatives and I will
participate to the A4AI meeting with the goal of stressing the importance of promoting a
variety of different approaches rather than focusing only on the strategies that have been
analysed/encouraged so far.
I am open to any suggestions from list-members with regard to relevant points to stress
during the A4AI meeting.
There are already a number of examples of successful CN experiences (e.g. DEF India,
Altermundi, etc.) showing that it is possible to empower individuals allowing them to make
connectivity more ubiquitous and sustainable, rather than merely trying to make it more
affordable via “conventional” strategies. And many other possibilities are available,
including exploiting untapped resources such as abandoned copper infrastructure or
unexploited spectrum, as stressed by Bob.
I would be more than happy to convey any other example, opinion or suggestion you have as
regards alternative approaches that should be considered to foster connectivity.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions and comments.
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