Geeks’ vision and mission is to bring the benefits of internet connectivity to the estimated 3.5 billion people who remain unconnected to help close the Digital Divide and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including improved standards of health, education and social and economic well-being.
By leveraging the benefits of satellite, wireless and fiber connectivity-based solutions in a resilient, technologically neutral and sustainable manner and through thought leadership, advocacy, public and private advisory support and the creation of modular legal and regulatory solutions designed to accelerate SDG focused connectivity, Geeks aspires to empower the unserved, including the forcibly displaced, create Smart Communities and help catalyze positive global change from the top down and the bottom up.
GEEKS in Action
Refugee Inclusion. Working in partnership with UNHCR, the Jordanian Government and satellite, fiber and mobile network operators, Geeks is currently researching providing local language educational TV over WiFi and educational and medical related internet connectivity for Syrian refugee camps in Jordan. If successful in Jordan, the initiative will be extended to other countries.
Geeks is also in early stage discussions regarding producing a global policy document for refugee inclusion focused on unlocking the socio-economic and connectivity barriers that refugees face due to a lack of internationally acceptable form of legal identity.
Smart Communities. Combining DigOnce!, CommunityConnect!, Disaster Resilience and Recovery and Geek’s work on the US Model Law for accelerating broadband deployment and Intelligent Infrastructure, Geeks is introducing these concepts into Smart Community, County and Country strategy and thinking in order to promote the Sustainable Development Goal related benefits that come with access to ubiquitous, resilient, connectivity.
Disaster Resilience and Recovery. Leveraging CEO, David Hartshorn’s, experience in supporting the United Nations and World Food Program regarding global disaster resilience and recovery for critical connectivity assets, David was appointed to the US Federal Communications Commission ‘Disaster Response and Recovery Working Group’ relating to developing a communications resilience and recovery strategy for the USA.
VillageConnect! Geeks is enabling expanded access to sustainable, low average revenue per user connectivity models, in conjunction with satellite, mobile and fiber service providers so as to be able to bring SDG related connectivity to unserved and underserved communities in the world. Combined with connectivity cost reduction techniques, including Demand Aggregation, and advances in technology, Geeks is committed to democratizing access for the billions of marginalized people throughout the world.
Closing the Digital Divide. Following the publication of Geeks’ Model Law on DigOnce! and CommunityConnect! initiatives, Geeks Directors Michael Potter and John Morris were appointed to the US Federal Communications Commission working group briefed to draft a Digital Divide focused ‘State Model Code for Accelerating Broadband Infrastructure Deployment and Investment’. Since then, Geeks has been advocating for other governments to adopt similar approaches and accelerate the expansion of connectivity to unserved and underserved communities.
- Satellite. Geeks published its ‘CommunityConnect!’ best practices White Paper for Satellite Network Operators, Regulators, and Service Providers & Integrators designed to help accelerate closing the Digital Divide by increasing the ease and cost of access to satellite connectivity. CommunityConnect! has been endorsed by many of the main satellite providers and related industry organisations and won the 2018 Pacific Telecommunications Council award for ‘Best Regulatory Innovation’.
- Fiber and Wireless. Geeks Published its ‘Model Law on DigOnce!’ a modular legal and regulatory framework for accelerating the roll out of broadband networks in a cost and environmentally efficient manner.
Mesh WiFi. Geeks developed an open source, low cost, 802.11s mesh based WiFi protocol technology. A step in the direction to seamless communications, this standard has great potential to help close the Digital Divide in regions of the world, where access to connectivity is constrained or non-existent. Geeks is currently evaluating other complementary innovations, including distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, and other exponential technologies. In this regard Geeks Director, Michael Potter, serves on the ITU Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain.