Not Too Inaccessible for Broadband: Connecting Remote Communities

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Stakeholders will share success stories of how broadband and internet connection using wireless technologies and open spectrum could make empowered society despite them living in inaccessible geographies across the world. The roundtable will discuss and debate on cost-effective solutions of wireless network technology. Roundtable stakeholders will also discuss how wireless spectrum has emerged out as a viable, cost-effective alternative way to connect remote and unconnected regions to make them global information highway. The Session stakeholders will discuss on policy hurdles faced by them in their countries. These challenges include – spectrum costs, long tedious legal procedures, network security, sharing infrastructure, etc. The discussion will draw from DEF own experience in India and incorporate comparative policy hurdles such as spectrum cost, long tedious legal procedures and success stories of wireless community network. The Session will be conducted in roundtable format having engagement of session stakeholders and participants. Though the session will strictly moderated by moderator keeping participants engaged in the session, seeking the following inputs: •Sharing success stories of wireless community networks on using unlicensed spectrum •Discuss on how wireless community networks have become viable and cost-effective alternative solution for connecting the unreached •Policy issues and challenges around it; •How to make unified spectrum policy for bringing “Access to All” •How unlicensed spectrum can reduce the barrier of access •What are the regional challenges of implementing sharing infrastructure and community wireless networks? •How has open-spectrum empowered societies living inaccessible geographies around the world? These questions and more will be discussed at this roundtable which will challenge attendees to bring real-life examples of policy hurdles facing stakeholders, including spectrum costs, network security issues, legal procedures, etc., with the goal of identifying solutions that can truly bring Access to All.

Not Too Inaccessible for Broadband: Connecting Remote Communities
Presenter/s Ritu Srivastava, Senior Programme Manager, DEF
Bio/s Senior Programme Manager, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) Headquartered in New Delhi, Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) is a non-for-profit organization, registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, that works to find solutions to bridge the digital divide. DEF's mission is to empower the under-served communities and create information-empowered societies. Using ICT and digital tools DEF works with a multi-stakeholder approach to have inclusive and equitable communities where access to information, knowledge and services is for all, at all times and across all geographic locations. With over 200 community information, knowledge and resource centres, with more than 25000 network of grassroots NGOs/CBOs/CSOs and more than 200 MSMEs in India, South Asia and Africa, DEF continues to contribute to a wider network of communities with information, content, knowledge, service and resource ecosystem.
Language English

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