Introduction to Community Networks

Course Description

The Training will cover community network development with an emphasis on the policy/regulatory, development, and technical aspects for sustaining them. Students will be provided with an overview of global and regional activities to develop community networks, an overview of the types of networks being built, consideration of changes that can be made to policy and regulatory frameworks to support them, and ways/means to sustain them. The course will include a discussion about possible changes to universal service programmes, and approaches for obtaining funding to support them.

Learning Objective

This course will provide participants with an overview of community network actors, how to change policy and regulatory environments to include community networks, and suggestions for licensing, universal service funding, and spectrum options to support them.


Internet Society (ISOC)


Realities of deploying community networks, sustainable models, capacity building opportunities and funding opportunities, and an introduction to key activities and players in the community.


Washington, DC

Training Dates

June 2020


Cybersecurity and ICT Policy