Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Community networks are built with o -the-shelf communication equipment aiming to satisfy a community's demand for Internet access and services. These networks are a real world example of a collective that shares ICT resources. But while these community networks successfully achieve the IP connectivity over the shared network infrastructure, the deployment of applications inside of community networks is surprisingly low. Given that community networks are driven by volunteers, the authors believe that bringing in incentive-based mechanisms for service and application deployments in community networks will help in unlocking its true potential.