Excellent News for Brazil, the IGF and Community NetworksNews | 21-02-2020 12:56
The Brazilian Telecoms Regulator ANATEL has explicitly and officially recognized Community Networks as an option for Internet access in Brazil and, while doing so, and explicitly mentions (and links) “The Community Network Manual” (2018 outcome of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity) in the rational for this decision. https://www.anatel.gov.br/setorregulado/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/528-redes-comunitarias
This is, to date, the biggest country on hearth explicitly recognising the value of CNs. The creation of CNs in Brazil was already possible, as simplified ISPs, since 2017 (see the study here on CN in Latin America here https://www.internetsociety.org/resources/doc/2018/community-networks-in-latin-america/ ) but this is the first time ANATEL officially uses the CN terminology providing both legal and technical guidance (using the CN Manual!) on how to create them.
This is not only important for Brazil but also represent another* piece of concrete evidence that the IGF is not a mere talking shop and when people want to use the IGF process to produce meaningful outcomes, they can. And, importantly, IGF outputs can have real impact on digital policies.
* In case you are looking for other concrete examples, please find a selection below:
- In 2018, the inclusion of the Zero Rating Map (developed by DCNN) in the State of the Internet Report of the French Telecom Regulator ARCEP https://www.arcep.fr/uploads/tx_gspublication/report-state-internet-2018_conf050618-ENG.pdf
- In 2016 the inclusion of the Recommendations on Terms of Service and Human Rights in the ToS and HR the joint FGV & Council of Europe report on the subject https://www.coe.int/en/web/freedom-expression/home/-/asset_publisher/RAupmF2S6voG/content/terms-of-service-and-human-rights-an-analysis-of-online-platform-contracts?inheritRedirect=false
The Recommendations were later used for the elaboration of the CoE Recommendation (2018)2 of the Committee of Ministers on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries https://search.coe.int/cm/Pages/result_details.aspx?ObjectID=0900001680790e14
- In 2013 the inclusion of the Model Framework on Net Neutrality in this expert report (https://rm.coe.int/16805a09ca) that originated the elaboration of the CoE Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)1of the Committee of Ministers on network neutrality https://search.coe.int/cm/Pages/result_details.aspx?ObjectID=09000016805c1e59