Social and Economic Effects of Community Wireless Networks and Infrastructures

Social and Economic Effects of Community Wireless Networks and Infrastructures

Abdelnasser Abdelaal (Ibri College of Applied Sciences, Oman)
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Release Date: February, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 324|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2997-4
ISBN13: 9781466629974|ISBN10: 1466629975|EISBN13: 9781466629981
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It is surprising to think that in today’s rapidly evolving world of technology, over half of the globe still does not have access to high speed internet. Creating community wireless networks has in the past been a way to provide remote communities with internet and network access.

Social and Economic Effects of Community Wireless Networks and Infrastructures highlights the successes of community wireless networks but also boldly addresses the potential risk factors and broader socioeconomic concerns.  This publication’s exploration of previous successes and failures, various designs, and potential challenges with CWNs makes it a valuable resource for researchers, practitioners, vendors, and activists.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Best Practices
  • Broadband Policy
  • Business Models
  • Community Empowerment
  • Community Wireless Networks
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues
  • Low-Cost Designs
  • Municipal wireless networks
  • Social and Economic Effects

Reviews and Testimonials

When a community does not have enough resources for a corporation to exploit profitably, and no government agency is able or willing to create a public network, communities create their own. Here are political, economic, communication, and electronic perspectives on the phenomenon. Among the topics are legal and political barriers to municipal networks in the US, the social and economic benefits of Nepal Wireless, telecenter-based community wireless networks empowering rural communities in Uganda, lessons learned from grassroots wireless networks in Europe, and a critical analysis of the limitations and effects of the Brazilian National Broadband Plan.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Abdelnasser M. Abdelaal is Assistant Professor of Information Technology at Ibri College of Applied Sciences, Sultanate of Oman. He earned his PhD in Information Technology from University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research focuses on quality of service, call admission control, business models, service pricing, and socioeconomics of community wireless networks. Abdelaal is one of the founders of the Omaha Wireless Network. He organized mini-tracks and panels on community wireless networks in major international conferences and summits. He has published more than a dozen papers on community wireless networks in international conferences and journals. In addition, he managed and participated in a number of Information Technology for Development (IT4D) and community empowerment projects. He also provides consultation regarding broadband policy and IT4D.