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Carlos Rey-Moreno, Shaun Pather

01 January 2018

English

uKESA Librarian2

Policy brief

South Africa

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Built environment

Communities

Community development

Economic growth

Grassroots organizations

Human settlements

ICT

Livelihoods

Network

Poverty & inequality

Rural

SMME

South Africa

Advancing rural connectivity in South Africa

A case for community-owned networks

This policy brief makes a case for how a community networks model may be harnessed to address the rural digital divide. Community networks enable historically disadvantaged communities, many of which are in rural areas, to obtain the technical and related skills, including support, to install, manage and operate their own electronic communications services and infrastructure. Of all the available options, bottom-up locally developed communications infrastructure and alternative local access infrastructure models like Community networks are proving to be particularly effective in realising the goal of universal and affordable access to ICTs.

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