Internet Connectivity in Indigenous and Northern Communities
Northern Public Affairs, in collaboration with the Internet Society, is pleased to release this call for contributions to the Fall 2018 special issue of NPA Magazine focusing on emerging developments in community networks among Indigenous peoples in North America.
Internet connectivity for Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the United States has long been difficult to implement due to many environmental and socio-economic factors such as remoteness of communities, difficulty gaining first mile access, reliable networks, slow speeds, expensive equipment and high data costs. Community networks are communications infrastructure deployed and operated by local people, offering Indigenous communities a way to access the Internet to meet their own needs. For many, affordable, high-quality Internet access means community sustainability. Community networks encourage policymakers and regulators to examine new ways and means to fill local digital divides, like supporting local content in the appropriate language(s).