Alcom — Telecoms company supplies low-income ‘red zones’ with internet access

Alcom provides internet access to underserved areas in Chile via local stores. 40% of the Chilean population lacks internet access, in part due to ‘red zones’ (poor areas where telecom brands see little profit in offering their service). Alcom installs wireless antennas in neighborhood grocery stores, then residents can purchase routers and connect to the store. In February 2016, Alcom asked red zone residents to call attention to their neighborhoods on social media.