29 July, 2011
why the delay in free internet access at schools in Africa?
Universal affordable access is dictated by legislation on a country by country basis, and broadband internet access is dictated by the manner in which such diverse legislation regulates the ownership of such access infrastructure, thus encouraging or delaying the development of 'last-mile' and even 'last-inch' affordable access. The internet governance forum should be positioned to encourage such ownership to accelerate their commitment - logistically and financially - to completing this task and meet their social responsibility obligations. A pressing example of such outstanding responsibility is the lack of any communication infrastructure (and electricity) at some 40-50% of rural schools in southern Africa. Cynically, it remains incomprehensible that such delays in infrastructural development at African schools flies in the face of a fundamental marketing strategy to engage prospective clients at the earliest age possible. Have such decision-makers never drunk Coca Cola?