I agree strongly with Simon Woodside's answers--experimentation, more modern technology, and broadband. But I was also struck by what another contributor said, e.g. "Find successful and sustainable activities. Replicate. Get constraints out of the way. Get funding on the right basis. Let the demand pull what is wanted." I think the aid community should continue experimentation, but also be willing to fund scale-ups of apparently successful models--yes, that would include those that have a business model--even to the point of making equity investments or funding additional training and social networking that leverage a private sector enterprise and its network. There are beginning to be some successful models, many of them driven by the private sector, and some not aimed primarily at connectivity, but at an agricultural solution or a microfinance solution or a health solution. Nonetheless, they will spread access perhaps more rapidly. See our case studies at <www.digitaldividend.org>.
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