Key ideas from 2017 to achieve Internet for All
An article published by Devex responds to a question formulated at a digital inclusion forum in Kigali, Rwanda, where barriers to global internet access were being discussed. Based on a white paper called “Internet for All: An Investment Framework for Digital Adoption,” the text summarizes some key components that are necessary to boost the adoption of digital technologies in different regions.
- No “one size fits all” solution: every solution for digital inclusion must be adapted to a certain region and the needs of local communities. For this, different technologies – such as terrestrial wireless for high-density populations or aerial wireless for low-density populations – can be utilized. Moreover, implementation has a cost and it must be absorbed either by different private organizations or by the public sector.
- New business models: Different business models can be applied to make solutions sustainable under different circumstances. For example, we have recently seen indigenous communities in Latin America creating local-managed companies offering connectivity at affordable prices.
- Get development’s most important headlines in your inbox every day: Learning from what other organizations are doing and innovative solutions can be useful to come up with better solutions to promote internet adoption and establish productive partnerships.
- Turning calls to action into results: leverage technology expertise to compensate for regional lacking in local policies. For example, Mozilla has launched competitions and funded startups to promote locally-developed solutions for solving challenges such as last mile connectivity.