The Community Network Manual:
How to Build the Internet Yourself
by Bruno Ramos
Encouraging New Formulas for an Inclusive
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has in its DNA
the vision1 of an Inclusive Information Society, where Information
and Communication Technologies (ICTs) foster social and
economic development and collaborate for the sustainable growth
of the environment, which results in improving the quality of life
In this modern Information Society, the ways of social interaction
and cultural and economic development are being rapidly altered,
due to the new technologies’ evolution. Connectivity enables the
exchange of information and knowledge between individuals and
communities, enhancing human development in a global sphere.
The main driving force behind the change in the way people
interact is therefore education through access to knowledge. The
exchange of information between people allows us to reflect on
the stage in which the communities are in comparison with the
others, resulting in a qualified view of the world in which we live
and to which we want to go.
However, in particular in developing countries, not all people have
access to ICTs, being left out of this new Information Society and
therefore without any possibility of choice, including to be able to
choose another growth and development path.
This lack of access to the Information Society ensues from the
difficulties in the provision of telecommunication services, resulting
from the economic incapacity or technical inability to implement it.
Therefore, it is necessary to think alternatives to the current forms
of telecommunication service provision, either through proposals
1 ITU Vision: “An information society, empowered by the interconnected world, where
telecommunication/information and communication technologies enable and accelerate social,
economic and environmentally sustainable growth and development for everyone”.