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Social and Economic Effects of Community Wireless Networks and Infrastructures

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It is surprising to think that in today’s rapidly evolving world of technology, over half of the globe still does not have access to high speed internet. Creating community wireless networks has in the past been a way to provide remote communities with internet and network access.  highlights the successes of community wireless networks but also boldly addresses the potential risk factors and broader socioeconomic concerns.  This publication’s exploration of previous successes and failures, various designs, and potential challenges with CWNs makes it a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners, vendors, and activists. Social and Economic Effects of Community Wireless Networks and Infrastructures

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  5. Foreword
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. Chapter 1: Introduction to Social and Economic Effects of Community Wireless Networks
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. COMMUNITY WIRELESS NETWORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURES
    4. THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF CWNS
  9. Chapter 2: Challenges Facing Municipal Wireless
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. SAN FRANCISCO TECHCONNECT
    4. OTHER INITIATIVES IN THE BAY AREA
    5. LESSONS LEARNED AND UNRESOLVED ISSUES
    6. INDUSTRY STRATEGIES
    7. CONCLUSION
  10. Chapter 3: Legal and Political Barriers to Municipal Networks in the United States
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. UNENACTED FEDERAL BILLS
    5. THE IMPACT OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
    6. BURDENS OF STATE LEGISLATION
    7. TACTICS USED TO PREVENT THE SUCCESS OF MUNICIPAL NETWORKS
    8. POLICY IMPLICATIONS AND LESSONS LEARNED
    9. SUMMARY CHECKLIST
    10. CONCLUSION
    11. APPENDIX
  11. Chapter 4: The Social and Economic Benefits of Nepal Wireless
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. SETTING THE STAGE
    4. PROJECT DESCRIPTION
    5. PROVIDED SERVICES
    6. CURRENT CHALLENGES
    7. SIGNIFICANCE FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE
    8. CONCLUSION
  12. Chapter 5: The Role of ICT in Empowering Rural Indians
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. TELECOMMUNICATION IN INDIA
    4. EXPANDING INFRASTRUCTURE
    5. SERVICE DEVELOPMENT
    6. CASE STUDIES
    7. CONCLUSION
  13. Chapter 6: Digital El Paso
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. SETTING THE STAGE
    4. CASE DESCRIPTION
    5. PROPOSED BUSINESS MODEL
    6. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 7: Motivations and Barriers of Participation in Community Wireless Networks
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE FON COMMUNITY
    4. BACKGROUND
    5. METHODOLOGY
    6. RESULTS
    7. DISCUSSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    8. RESEARCH LIMITATIONS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS
    9. CONCLUSION
    10. APPENDIX A: SURVEY
    11. APPENDIX B: SURVEY SCALES
  15. Chapter 8: Social Cohesion and Free Home Internet in New Zealand
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. CASE DESCRIPTION
    5. FINDINGS RELATED TO SOCIAL COHESION
    6. CHALLENGES AND THE WAY AHEAD
    7. CONCLUSION
  16. Chapter 9: Telecentre-Based Community Wireless Networks
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. 1. INTRODUCTION
    3. 2. THE CWRC AND TELECENTRE-BASED COMMUNITY WIRELESS NETWORKS
    4. 3. CONCLUDING REMARKS
  17. Chapter 10: The Case of Chapleau Network
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. CASE DESCRIPTION
    5. BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT AND LESSONS LEARNED
    6. CONCLUSION
  18. Chapter 11: Challenges and Opportunities of ICTs for Rural and Remote Areas
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES
    4. CHALLENGES FACING RURAL NETWORKS
    5. RECOMMENDATIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
  19. Chapter 12: Best Practices in Designing Low-Cost Community Wireless Networks
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. ISSUES OF THE CZECH NETWORKS
    4. THE NEUTRAL CZFREE EXCHANGE PROJECT
    5. COST-OPTIMIZED DESIGNS FOR COMMUNITY NETWORKS
    6. LESSONS LEARNED AND FUTURE PLANS
    7. CONCLUSION
  20. Chapter 13: Lessons Learned from Grassroots Wireless Networks in Europe
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. BACKGROUND
    3. THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
    4. CONTEXT
    5. RESEARCH METHOD
    6. DESCRIPTION OF THE CASES
    7. BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY WIRELESS NETWORKS
    8. LESSONS LEARNED
    9. LIMITATIONS OF RESEARCH
    10. CONCLUSION
  21. Chapter 14: A Critical Analysis of the Limitations and Effects of the Brazilian National Broadband Plan
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE CONTEXT OF BRAZILIAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS
    4. INTERNET USE IN BRAZIL
    5. INTERNET AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICIES
    6. AN OVERVIEW OF THE BRAZILIAN NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN
    7. CHALLENGES AND SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE IMPROVEMENTS
    8. CONCLUSION
  22. Compilation of References
  23. About the Contributors