Around the globe, there exist a number of international alternative networks that aid in the development and growth of media and information. The different networks may differ in their goals and organizational structures however they all share the same goal of democratizing communications and advocating reforms. These projects are distinguished by their non-commercial ethos and their opposition to imperialist power mechanics.

These networks comprise individuals, non-profit organizations, and native sites that connect local communities with international and regional links that aim at increasing the accessibility of information. They also promote communication reform campaigns that seek to make local and national communications media more accessible, accountable and accountable. These projects face numerous challenges that include limited financial and technical support. But they continue to build the network of local-local connections that bypass imperialist power mechanics.

In the early 1990s, a range of international alternative networks began to emerge across many countries and regions. These networks were created due to the convergence of social movements, particularly from the Global South, mobilizing themselves against US policies, and innovative media groups using the newly-created consumer marketing channels for their products.

These networks have become more important as a method to provide Internet capability in areas where mainstream network deployments are not in place or are not the preferred solution. This article offers a classification of these networks and describes the main characteristics of these networks. The goal is to assist researchers, activists and others in their understanding of these networks, in particular their role as a crucial element of the global strategy to ensure access for everyone.