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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.