Network Sovereignty Project Blog

Exploring diverse community networks across the world

Read updates from the Network Sovereignty project’s field locations here:

Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Broadband development has been challenging on US Indian reservations due to topography, poor roads, and weather conditions. In response to these conditions, the Blackfeet tribal council has supported local broadband initiatives and information technology programs, educating tribal members about networked computing and preparing them to become stakeholders of tribal telecommunications


Mexico

In response to a federal telecommunications system that has failed to reach nearly 50,000 diverse communities in Mexico, mostly of indigenous descent, the non-governmental organization Rhizomatica has facilitated the development of 21 concurrent mobile telephone networks designed, developed, and owned by Oaxacan communities across the rural Sierra Juarez Norte mountain region. The project represents the largest community-owned federated mobile network in the world.


Tanzania

The Serengeti Broadband Network (SBN) began in 2007 to establish broadband connectivity across 15 villages in one of Tanzania’s remote interior regions. SBN project leaders have encouraged local authorities to invest in and assume ownership over network facilities.

 


This project is funded with the support of the National Science Foundation.