Wireless for Communities” (W4C) is an initiative of the Internet Society (ISOC) and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) that utilises unlicensed spectrum and low-cost Wi-Fi based equipment to connect and empower rural and underserved communities. Since its inception in 2010, the W4C programme has provided internet connectivity in more than 10 locations bringing the benefits of internet connectivity to over 200,000 people. Since then, the W4C programme has brought to these people e-governance initiatives like community service centres (CSC), automation of birth and death certifications, and single window clearance systems.
Wireless Women for Entrepreneurship & Empowerment (W2E2) program, based on the strengths of the existing programme activities under the ‘Wireless for Communities’ (W4C) aims to create women’s micro-level social enterprises based on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and develop women entrepreneurs supported by wireless Internet in 4 backward districts of India and contribute to an enabling Internet environment and Internet for gender inclusion and women empowerment.
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Phase IIIThe project expanded the programme in the existing three locations and enhanced content and services in the existing regions of W4C programme. Expansion of the ongoing W4C Programme in the existing locations in three locations To expand the W4C programme towards an integrated wireless infrastructural set up and content service framework in identified community settings To introduce enhanced content and services in the existing regions of W4C programme Enhance the activities of the programme in the existing centers To localize training materials that can used further among community trainers
Phase VNetworking the networks is interconnection of three networks located in Shivpuri, Guna and Baran located in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan respectively. These three locations form a triganle in map. The project aims to provide sustainability to the whole ecosystem of Internet access through wireless connectivity in the identified areas.
The success stories of barefoot engineers, and how the project has connected some of the remotest regions of the country and impacted the lives of last miles users.
Editor: Osama Manzar
Written by: Arjun Sen
Research & Compilation: Arjun Sen and Ritu Srivastava
This coffee table book is an effort to share the success stories of barefoot engineers, and how the project has connected some of the remotest regions of the country and impacted the lives of last mile users.