About us

Access to knowledge for communities

Neco (Network Community) was born on July 2008 from the ideas of 6 visionaries. They were fed up with waiting an intervention from above in order to stop the digital divide problem. For this reason they decided to build up a MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) using a high-capacity backbone technology. The MAN provides entry-level connectivity and internal services to the entire Vietri di Potenza urban centre.

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The Team

Giuseppe Pitta Gianni Caputo Doriano Pitta
Antonio Felitti Valentino Viggiano Angelo Caputo
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Avv. Emanuela Felitti Giusi Di Leo Ing. Giuseppe Potenza Ing. Angelo Gesa Ing. Michele De Biase

Aims and objectives: What do we want

The main objective of our project is to get rid of the well know “digital divide” problem of our area. This is the nightmare that affects since 15 years the peripheral areas of the word. These areas are usually highland and marginal land inhabited by small communities. As a consequence, this has provoked the so-called “market failures”. Big Internet service providers have abandoned these areas considered the high cost of the infrastructure and, in the best case, small providers have tried to bring low-quality services with high costs. Nevertheless, in the last years the infrastructure costs have decreased and many peripheral areas, which were not served before, have been served in the last years or will be served in the next years. Soon or later, the entire territory will be covered with a good service, but is it enough to cover up 10 or 15 years of “digital divide” ?

We think definitely not.

We strongly think that the Internet access, and all the related services, today should be considered without any doubts a primary common good. As said above, these services are even more important in less developed territories. The web, Internet, and the possibility to be instantaneously interconnected with the rest of the world are a granted opportunity only for a part of the world population. Moreover, all these services allow getting information: one, if not the most, important good in the contemporary society.

At the earth of our actions we have two beliefs that represent the peculiarities of the project:

Firstly, we believe that abating the digital divide we might reach more social cohesion and a better distribution of opportunities in the peripheral communities.

Secondly, we think that the tool to fight this kind of market failure is a non-profit approach trough that a communitarian discourse can grow and flourish. The new approach will satisfy the growing demand of knowledge, seen as common good.

Mankind’s knowledge is today on the web. We can instantaneously collect new information without any intermediation. Nowadays it is possible to learn and find information in any topic and domain, or have exchange of information and point of view with everybody. This scenario was inconceivable only few years ago, when a written encyclopaedia was the only tool we had at home to enrich our culture. Today, there are still areas left behind where, apart from the encyclopaedia, the only alternative seems to be a slow analogic connection.

We have ideas in order to delete this gap, which last since 10-15 years: offer “entry level” connectivity very cheaply both where a decent connection is not yet arrived and for people who can not afford to pay for it.

Translation by Giuseppe Ciarliero (ciarlierogiuseppe(at)gmail.com)