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A member responds to the article you posted..read on..
From: Jim Davidson <JDavidson@c...>
Date: Wed Jun 27, 2001 10:48 pm
Subject: Re: [awdal] State of the internet in Kenya
No need to apologize for cross-posting the occasional
piece on Kenya.
Of course the monopoly on telecommunications in Kenya
is a horrid thing. It is costly, beastly, abusive,
undoubtedly being used to facilitate the monitoring
of private phone conversations, imposes on the free
market for services, and is entirely unjustified. It
is exactly the sort of tyranny that should cause
people to put government officials on trial for
treason, corruption, abuse of office, and the like.
I can think of no punishment too strong for such crimes.
Not that Djibouti is any better. But, Somalia is much
better. There is real competition for telephone services
and Internet services all over Somali territory. In
Borama, there are three phone companies and two major
Internet providers. In Hargeisa there are four and
three, respectively. In Mogadishu, I'm told, there
are six phone companies and four Internet providers.
If Kenya is going to join the 21st Century and be a
part of the Information Age, perhaps it ought to do
what the USA did in 1984, de-regulating all aspects
of telecommunications. And, if the government of
Kenya won't permit it, for any reason, then the people
of Kenya ought to ask themselves if the government
in power is suited to a free people reaching their
Oh, and let me know if you want to buy a satellite