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2019 European Community Networks Summit

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Community Networks: Connecting the Next Billion

The Internet Society, in partnership with the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, organizes the European Community Networks Summit “Community Networks: Connecting the Next Billion” in Tbilisi, Georgia on November 14-15 2019.

The Internet Society has been partnering with the private and public sector all over the world as well as civil society to help bring connectivity to areas currently without such infrastructure. Over the past few years, community networks have emerged as a low-cost, community-driven way to bring Internet connections to some of the remotest and underserved parts of the world, including in the mountainous region of Tusheti, Georgia.

However, these community-led solutions face many challenges that require policymaker’s consideration to flourish. The Internet Society is therefore partnering with the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development to organise a large international conference in Tbilisi this November to bring together stakeholders and EU policy-makers from all over Europe.
 
Three main issues will be investigated and discussed with a broad range of high level stakeholders from the technical community, businesses, donors, and policymakers.

  • The technical issues surrounding community networks
  • Leveraging public and private investment into these types of local networks
  • Creating the right regulatory and policy environment to support hose initiatives in Europe

Image credit: Nyani Quarmyne/Internet Society

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Time

Thursday 14 November 2019 –

Friday 15 November 2019

Location

Tbilisi, Georgia

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