Access to information is a basic right for every citizen and Digital Empowerment Foundation works towards providing this access by connecting remote communities to the Internet through its Wireless for Communities initiative across more than 150 villages in India. Wireless for Communities or W4C aims to connect rural and remote locations of India.
W4C involves line-of-sight and low-cost Wi-Fi equipment, which utilise the unlicensed spectrum bands — 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz — to create community owned and community-operated wireless networks in rural and remote locations of India to democratise access and make it available to all. These community networks are created for knowledge sharing, content creation and dissemination of other information and issues relevant to the local context of each location. Women are trained to become engineers who maintain and manage these networks.