Bringing Broadband to those who need it most

23 October 2013 - A Workshop on Access in Bali, Indonesia


Great strides have been made bringing undersea fiber cable to more and more landing sites around the world. But after the first sprint to the urban areas is completed the buildout has slowed to a crawl in many countries. What can be done to bring the internet to where most of the people live in developing countries? What inexpensive sustainable models can we examine that are bringing real broadband connectivity to rural areas in developing countries, where, 80-90% of the population lives? 
If we believe broadband connectivity brings with it real economic and social benefits. Benefits in the areas of education, healthcare, farm and business management. Than how do we look for ways to build broadband roads to the rural areas in developing countries in advance of the internet "super highway" How do we ensure that "good is not held hostage to the perfect". As big carries wait to bring out robust broadband connectivity like "LTE" which is expensive to deploy, are there inexpensive models that will bring out solid, robust broadband connectivity in advance of what the big carriers will eventually deploy? Can deploying WIFI systems, establishing and linking "hot spots" help bridge the gap? Can innovative systems WISPs tailored to rural areas in developing countries ...micro cashing...and IXPS for examples help lower costs so that more global citizens can have access to affordable broadband connectivity to the internet?