5.1 Multipurpose Community Telecenters

Multipurpose Community Telecenters (MCTs) are promoted and supported by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as a means to facilitate universal access to telecommunication services -- particularly access to the internet via ICTs.145 This, in turn, enables people to become active participants in the emerging Information Society. MCTs are a shared facility for access to ICTs, along with user support and training. MCTs can reduce access costs larger numbers of people than the provision of individual solutions, such as laptops. MCTs also promote awareness of the potential benefits of the Information Society and “connectedness.”146

See the UNESCO reference document “Accessibility Guidelines for Community Multimedia Centres for People with Disabilities” that contains detailed guidelines, checklists and case studies on how MCT can be made accessible.

145ITU http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/univ_access/telecentres/
Multipurpose community telecentres: Lessons Learnt http://www.itu.int/net/itunews/issues/2010/05/30.aspx

146Johan Ernberg ITU/BDT Universal Access - by means of Multipurpose Community Telecentres. Available at http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/univ_access/telecentres/papers/mctbrief.pdf