Building Community Networks in the MENA Region

Half the world lacks Internet access.

The digital divide has become a critical matter, especially after the coronavirus pandemic swept our world, forcing many to stay home. Urban areas, concentrated in major cities and capitals, have suffered greatly, and remote areas found themselves in real isolation, day and night.

Community networks offer a solution.

Thank you for joining an interactive online panel discussion about community networks, held on 7 December at 12:00 PM UTC where you could learn more about these “do it yourself” networks, built by people for people.

This event promoted a concept new to the Middle East and North Africa region: getting Internet access by creating “community” networks. These are established partnerships between residents of remote areas and major telecommunication companies with simple self-financing, or through an existing civil society organization.

Agenda (All times are in UTC)
  • 12:00 – 12:10: Welcome Remarks & General Overview on Community Networks – Jane Coffin
  • 12:10 – 12:20: Community Network Technical and Policy Related Information – Juan Peirano and Max Stucchi
  • 12:20 – 12:40: Case Study: Practical Experience from Europe – Ucha Seturi
  • 12:40 – 13:00: Role of Governments and Existing Regulations – Robert Pepper
  • 13:00 – 13:20: Q&A
  • 13:20 – 13:30: Closing Remarks – Jane Coffin
Date and Time

12:00 UTC

Monday 07 December 2020




Portrait photo  of Jane Coffin

Jane Coffin

Former Senior Vice President, Internet Growth

Jane Coffin held several roles at the Internet Society from May 2012 to November 2021. Read more about Jane Coffin

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Juan Peirano

Director, Technical Policy

I work as the Director, Technical Policy at the Internet Society, focusing on policy issues related to interconnection infrastructure, innovative access solutions, and sustainable connectivity models. I aspire to help… Read more about Juan Peirano

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Robert Pepper

Member, Internet Society Board of Trustees

Robert Pepper has been involved in Internet technical and governance issues for over thirty years beginning with his work as a visiting professor at the National Science Foundation in 1983.… Read more about Robert Pepper

Portrait photo  of Ucha Seturi

Ucha Seturi

Ucha Seturi is a lawyer. He is a founder member of Georgian Internet Governance forum and coordinating for a last years. He was working as a legal director of the… Read more about Ucha Seturi

Portrait photo  of Massimiliano Stucchi

Massimiliano Stucchi

Former Regional Technical Advisor - Europe

Max was the Regional Technical Advisor - Europe at the Internet Society from 2019 until September 2023 Read more about Massimiliano Stucchi