Companies like Google and Facebook want to know what it will take to bring another billion people online. As per the latest report by the U.N. Broadband Commission about 4.2 billion people don’t have regular access to the internet. The U.S. State Department announced 3 methods by which they could accomplish this:
1) Use unused TV and radio frequencies (white space) as a ‘Super Wi-Fi’ to for people in remote areas. IIT has tested TV frequencies for internet in 13 villages successfully and is hoping to serve more.
2) Every time a new and faster optical fiber or similar technology comes in the internet company has to bulldoze the old lines and replace them anew. This is an expensive and destructive process, so if a separate conduit were created which could regularly be used to service and renew these lines it would really make a difference and reduce costs by 90%.
3) Local communities need engagement with local content, the rural mind can be quite small and not too familiar with universal internet-speak and know-how. They’d be a lot more comfortable if they were provided with content from local communities.
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