Community Networks
Success Stories

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Community Networks
Success Stories

Communities worldwide are coming together to build and maintain their own networks where traditional Internet services are yet to reach.

Farmers, students, entrepreneurs, teachers, engineers, and many more. People and community organizations are leading the way with one goal: to connect their communities to the Internet.

For 33 percent of the world, on every continent, in rural, remote, and even urban communities, each day without Internet access is a day of lost opportunity.

We help and provide grant funding to build community networks. Read their success stories.

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Featured Stories

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Part of the NANUM initiative to connect Indigenous women in the Chaco. The Fa’ay Lhavoquey—the Women Carob Harvesters Group—overcome digital isolation by building community networks to benefit native Nivaclé communities.

With access, they’ve expanded their carob flour business, improved their savings, and expanded access to educational materials in the local schools. Thanks to them, over a thousand Nivaclé people are connected.

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Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada

In Canada, 33 communities live in the vast and remote Northwest Territories. One of the challenges First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people face is the lack of connectivity: it’s hard to get infrastructure there, and the lack of economic incentives means these communities have been left behind for years.

But in 2023, all that started to change when the people of Ulukhaktok launched their own community network.

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Khunde and Khumjung, Nepal

Children in the Khumjung school are more excited about their computer class than usual. The reason? They’re finally using the Internet—after years of learning about it only through textbooks.

All thanks to a local initiative, in partnership with the Internet Society, that built the highest community network in the world.

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Mamaila, South Africa

Kgopotso Magoro, inspired by an OpEd that claimed that “coming from a rural area is like being cursed” for the lack of opportunities available, started a journey that would lead to the creation of the Mamaila Community Network.

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Shaghap, Armenia

In Shaghap, Armenia, over 170 families live in a quiet area far from urban centers. Agriculture and husbandry have long been their main source of income. But the lack of new opportunities has led to the exodus of Shaghap’s youth to the capital city of Yerevan where they can find other jobs and create better opportunities for their future. With Internet connectivity, they hope to change that.

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Buenos Aires, Cauca, Colombia

To overcome decades of conflict and isolation, a Colombian community builds their own network. With the right policies they might be able to use it.

Learn how the community and local organizations are working to change regulations and reconnect to the world.

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