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Connectivity development model for indigenous communities

Mexico Chapter

In the last year, indigenous communities in Mexico have developed connectivity initiatives to provide Internet to populations that have been excluded from the use of this tool. One of the most remarkable initiatives is driven by the IK ‘TA K’OP Collective, a group of young indigenous educators from the community of Abasolo, Chiapas, who developed a last-mile community mesh network to generate and disseminate educational content called IntraNET Comunitaria YAJ ‘NOPTIK. This experience has served as an starting point for the development of similar projects in the states of Oaxaca and Nayarit, which are proposing the creation of community IntraNETs to strengthen organizational, educational and communication processes.

These initiatives are a new form of access and use of the Internet, converting the disadvantage of the bad quality of connectivity or its high cost in an opportunity through the generation of cooperation and bonding environments.

We believe that last-mile mesh networks administered by the community of Abasolo, Chiapas and, also in Oaxaca and Nayarit, are developing technical and organizational process and producing local content that can be strengthened through a network of indigenous community connectivity (IntraNETS network) that covers technological, economic, organizational and legal aspects and diffusion and exchange of content.

Therefore, this project aims to generate a development model of indigenous community connectivity that includes the above-mentioned aspects and that can be replicated through the systematization of community experiences of last-mile mesh networks in Chiapas, Oaxaca and Nayarit and the development and implementation of an IntraNETs network in those communities. Likewise, it is hoped that this tool will complement the community mobile networks developed in the state of Oaxaca towards 4th generation services.

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