North East India Community Network (NEICNET) seeks to explore the need, scope and relevance for Community networks to help bridge the connectivity gaps in the eight North Eastern States of India – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura. It seeks to the possibility of deployment of community network and operated by a community to meet its own connectivity needs as a viable and last mile alternative to bring the remote and rural communities of the eight States of the Eastern India Himalayas closer to closing the digital divide.
In the past decade, the community networks movement, worldwide, has proven to be an effective way to help connect the nearly three billion people that are still offline. However, community networks still face many challenges and the North Eastern States of India shall have its own number of challenges.
- To engage and deliberate with stakeholders on increasing internet access, connectivity and reach in North East India / Eastern Himalayan States.
- To deliberate on critical network issues around speed, density, technology, solutions, approach and sustainability of internet access in the region.
- To undertake community network implementation, setups, trainings for communities.
- To produce knowledge resources, research reports, studies, case studies around community network in the region.
NEICNET Discussion Series 2023
NEICNET will hold a series of discussion during 2023 with State and region specific internet network and connectivity issues and scope and viability of Community Network model for improving last mile access for the rural and remote communities.