Digital Villages are public spaces technologically provided with the latest in resources and looking to facilitate population's access to the Information Society.
These data transmission resources constitute the emblem of the Strategic Plan, “C@rreño Digit@l” (2000-2006), www.carrenodigital.net, the first approved by a Spanish local government in order to provide all its catchment's area, both rural and urban, with broad band infrastructures and data transmission equipment, therefore incorporating all of the population into the use of Internet.
Neighbour associations are the ones who decide to have these data transmission spaces (whose use is public and free) in their villages. They formalise their commitment signing a “Technologic Contract”, agreeing to run the Digital Village with no personal profit and following the established model: train, make the neighbours aware of it and get results in the use of the resources.
The use of the Digital Villages is meant to be for the neighbourhood and the school community of villages and rural parishes of Carreño, also making it easier to use in the tourism and business fields.
It is the most genuine example of collaboration between institutions, local business and neighbours. Carreño's Digital Villages show the decentralising and territory-promoting idea which pervades the whole “C@rreño Digit@l” plan. It allows and prioritises the closeness between new technologies and rural spaces as a generating element of new economic activities.
This singular initiative has received the accreditation of “Good Practice” in the field of Employment Promotion by the Asturias Government, and it was promoted through the Computer WORLD 2002 in the category called “Modernising Effort”.