My name is Jorge Duran and i work as Senior Technology for Development Advisor at the InterAmerican Agency for Cooporation and Development of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC.
The Moderator has asked: > 3. Can information distribution centers (e.g., public access > telecenters) offer a viable economic solution to a community's > information needs, by, in effect, sharing a single high-bandwidth > connection among many users, and thus spreading the cost? The answer to this one is: Yes, but as part of a concerted effort and with a sustainability component in place. We at the Agency have had several successes and failures in Telecenters. The obvious cause is that once the loan runs out or the government stops subsidizing the telecenter most either breakdown or disappear or they become Cybercafes and forget the social/community component that originated them in the first place. Considering the connectivity costs and that sometimes they are located in areas where the community in general either has no money to pay for connectivity and PC services or just not interested in maintaining it, the key here is to make the telecenter an integral part of the community so that the community not only does not mind paying to keep it up, but actually considers it a vital part for the accomplishment of several tasks. It is for this reason that several sustainability schemes are underway as pilot projects to see which of those works and where, considering the wide variety of telecenter settings. ------------ 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