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Wireless for Communities (W4C), initiative of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), the Internet Society (ISOC) and Ford Foundation connects rural and remote locations of India, where mainstream Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not so willing to provide internet connectivity as they feel their operations would not be commercially viable.The project involves line-of-sight wireless technology and low-cost Wi-Fi equipment which utilizes the unlicensed 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz spectrum bands to create community-owned and operated wireless networks. To further localize the initiative, it strengthens grassroots expertise by training community members in basic wireless technology, enabling these ‘barefoot engineers’ not only to run and manage these networks but to pass on their skills to others. We facilitate wireless set-up and management training programmes, digital literacy programmes and other entrepreneurship programmes to create local entrepreneurs.

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Wireless Training Manual

This chapter aims to provide brief knowledge to the reader about wireless networks. This unit discusses not only the commonly used IEEE802.11 standards but also the new broadband standard IEEE802.16 (WiMAX).

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Refresher Course on Using Internet

This short course on internet literacy is for anyone who knows the basics of the internet, has used a browser before for searching online content and has an active email account.

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Certificate Course on Fundamental of Internet

The training manual comprises of detailed introduction to internet web browsing, search engine understanding, websites, on-line communication media like email, chatting, web conferencing and social media.

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