Colombian Connectivity

Through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State Diplomacy Lab and the Georgia Tech Computing and Society Lab, we are working with the U.S. Embassy in Colombia to understand and improve Internet access in various region there.

As of the spring of 2023, our main role is in providing technical expertise on Internet measurement and the tradeoffs between technology, such as fiber optic, fixed wireless, and satellite, that could be used to expand Internet. We are in the process of compiling a report that explains and compares these technologies, presents case studies where these technologies have been used successfully in the past, and makes recommendations for concrete steps the Colombian government could take. Per the embassy’s request, the report focuses on regions that were historically most affected by conflict and are now prioritized for economic development.