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Telecottage Movement and Integrated Community Service Spaces

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The Hungarian telecottage movement – a special type of ”Telecentre” grew out of a community development programme in 1994 in Csákberény, a small mountain community in mid-western Hungary. With assistance from the Democracy Network (DemNet) programme, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 31 new telecottages were established in Hungary between 1997 and 1998.1 The country has more than 250 telecottages now.

Telecottages are located in rural villages with population smaller than 5000, and they are an integral part of the Hungarian government’s approach to providing rural communities with access to government information and services in and with an opportunity to achieve local economic regeneration. Telecottages are owned by the local community and run by local businesses on its behalf with an exclusive focus to serve local development needs by offering a wide range of ICT services.

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