An Analysis of Public Internet Access Points (PIAPs)

Ali Arifoglu, Gülgün Afacan, Erkan Er

Abstract


The purpose of this paper is to analyze Public Internet Access Points (PIAPs) established by 17 different initiatives. Analysis focuses on variety of PIAP related issues mainly under operational, management and financing headings. The factors affecting sustainability of PIAPs, problems causing PIAPs to not to operate effectively are also dealt with this paper. The principle value of this paper lies in creating the understanding of trends to establish PIAPs and provide guides for their operation in an effective way. This has been accomplished by performing a comprehensive analysis and obtaining general conclusions based on analysis of 17 different PIAP cases.

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The Journal of Community Informatics. ISSN: 1712-4441