Here is a bandwidth sharing option I have been thinking about. I plan to deploy this in Indonesia soon. The idea is to get a business, (perhaps a bank?) that has some bandwidth in a district setting, to share its bandwidth with a health center through a wireless access point placed somewhere near the health facility. If a local business is willing to share bandwidth with a health facility, the base costs of a router and wireless access point to enable that are around 125 Euros. Security software and routines exists to make sure that no one at the health center can "hack" the host. Then, in pleasant and practical public-private collaboration, the health entity that gets to connect wirelessly via the on-all-the-time connection at no extra charge to the host, can have free bandwidth to use for their ICT needs.
This gives a local business an easy and low-cost way to act in a way that is socially responsible. There may also be a way for the health unit to recover some costs by charging some fees for offering VOIP (Voice over internet protocol) services such as the use of SKYPE or www.net2phone for contact. Think about how you might apply such a voluntary Robin Hood scheme. It's technically feasible. I have done it already on a small scale. In fact, this note come to you via a wireless setup... Mark Lediard ------------ This DOT-COM Discussion is funded by the dot-ORG USAID Cooperative Agreement, and hosted by GKD. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org provides more information. To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd For the GKD database, with past messages: http://www.GKDknowledge.org