3.4.1.4 Access to essential facilities

Community-level industries require access to essential server facilities and backbone lines, which are usually operated by companies that operate at a global level. It is crucial, then, that micro-enterprises providing telecommunication services in remote areas operate under competitive conditions in order to guarantee community access to communication networks.

Recommended reading

• Galperin & Girard, Microtelcos in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Poverty Digital, the Prospects in Latin America and the Caribbean IDRC-2007, http://dirsi.net/sites/default/files/dirsi_07_DP05_en.pdf

• Jhunjhunwala, n-Logue: The Story of a Rural Service Provider in India. Journal of Community Informatics (2004) V1 issue 1. http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/APCITY/UNPAN023008...

• Finquelievich, S. Telecommunications Cooperatives and Social democratization. Telpin a Case Study of Community Organization of the Information Society Magazine of Social Studies Universidad de los Andes (2005) http://redalyc.uaemex.mx/redalyc/pdf/815/81502203.pdf