From Africa to Dumfries and Galloway: connectivity in a rural community

Taylor, Simon Peter and Todman, Andy (2017) From Africa to Dumfries and Galloway: connectivity in a rural community. Journal of Corporate Citizenship, 68 . pp. 109-117.

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Abstract

This article shows how a small regional housing association is bridging the digital divide for its customers and their communities by bringing low cost internet connectivity solutions proven in Africa to Dumfries & Galloway through collaboration with a university. The key learning is that small and medium sized third sector organizations should actively engage with universities to work jointly on developing and implementing solutions to address both sector and local needs. The joint working gives the third sector organizations access to the global academic networks and funding to bring overseas learning to help create innovative and proven local solutions that can help transform service delivery for customers and communities. Dumfries & Galloway's Loreburn Housing Association (Loreburn) is working with Strathclyde University to pilot a social tariff broadband service for its customers using TV White Space/Dynamic Spectrum technology proven by Mawingu Networks in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Corporate Citizenship
Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing
ISSN: 2051-4700
Departments: Business, Law, Policing & Social Sciences (BLPSS)
Additional Information: Andy Todman is Chief Executive of Age UK West Cumbria. Simon Taylor is a PhD candidate at the University of Cumbria, UK looking at the survival of small community-based housing providers in rural areas.
Depositing User: SIMON PETER TAYLOR
Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 10:36
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3789

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