Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] The Role of the Private Sector

2003-11-28 Thread Vickram Crishna
On 11/25/2003, Global Knowledge Dev. Moderator wrote: Many GKD members have argued that the for-profit private sector must play a key role in expanding access to underserved communities. The notion is appealing. At the outset, let me state that I operate as an entrepreneur, mainly because

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] The Role of the Private Sector

2003-11-28 Thread Cornelio Hopmann
Let me preface my comments by some more general considerations: (a) No matter how wealthy he might be, a donor is only willing to finance operation costs -- or even a substantial fraction thereof -- for 1 or 2 years. (b) As accumulated cost for ongoing operations rapidly exceeds inital

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] How Much Bandwidth is Necessary?

2003-11-28 Thread Don Richardson
Edward, Would broadband imply a higher ROI? Not necessarily. The margins for rural service are always tight. Every incremental cost counts, including the cost of a basic payphone set. Rural ROI is highly dependent on willingness and ability to pay for services offered. Rural customers are very

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Bringing Connectivity to Under-Served Communities

2003-11-28 Thread David J.A. Sawe
Indeed, WorldSpace is not a total solution in itself, but only part of a solution in an imperfect situation. I don't see that anybody has yet promoted it as 'a substitute for the real thing'. Thus the risk of that misperception should not cause us to ignore its existence and its potential uses.

Re: [GKD-DOTCOM] Using Intermediaries to Facilitate Communication

2003-11-28 Thread Pam McLean
I read Raphael Marambii's post with interest, in particular: Although cryptography is complicated, we should not under-estimate the intelligence of people to quickly grasp the basic concepts (snip) It would be great fun and very empowering to teach villagers about ciphers and the art of