Community wireless networks: Emerging wireless commons for digital inclusion

Abdelnasser Abdelaal, Hesham H. Ali

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Abstract

Community wireless networks (CWNs) have emerged as collective actions where communities develop common telecommunication infrastructure for their use. These collective projects have gained widespread popularity as they serve as digital highways for community members to join the information society. This paper explores the role of CWNs in achieving digital inclusion. In particular, we used a survey-based instrument to measure the size and the capacity of a number of networks. We also explored other related variables such as service pricing, funding instruments and the life duration of the investigated CWNs to distinguish them from similar networks. This study provides useful theoretical accounts and analytical insights that we believe that can guide future studies and advance CWNs as a form of common projects. Also, it has the pote4ntial to help policy makers and community developers in promoting such collective projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS '09
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS '09 - Tempe, AZ, United States
Duration: May 18 2009May 20 2009

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings

Conference

Conference2009 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS '09
CountryUnited States
CityTempe, AZ
Period5/18/095/20/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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