In message <[log in to unmask]>, "Christopher L. Byrne" writes:
> This message is forwarded for your expertise. Please reply to Shiv
> Satchit at [log in to unmask]
Have you been paying attention? :-)-O
>  How could we inexpensively (shoe-string budget) set up Internet
> or/and email service in villages in India and Africa where there is,
> first, an absence of connectivity for the Internet and secondly, where
> it is available, but unaffordable.
Internet? Requires permanent connections, eg leased lines, locally to
the nearest Points of Presence, from there to the backbone and
internationally via satellite/fibre optic cable.
email? Can be done, has been done, provided you have more or less
reliable dialup service to a national node. Needs to be on the
backbone as above or be fed by some NGO from overseas. Buit the more
customers you have the more likely is the chance you can afford the
Why on earth do you think villages need this?
>  Could we use radio frequencies?
Depends on whether your PTT allows this, hardware needs to be imported
with all the problems that involves.
>  How much would it cost?
>  What software and hardware are involved?
486/586 and linux.
>  What level of programming or communication knowledge or
> expertise is required?
Very little. Computer literacy, really. Buy a RedHat CD-ROM or a clone
thereof and all the info you need is there.
>  If you cannot help how about referring us to some experts?
> We are planning to set up internet cybercafe's for the promotion of
> social development
This is a contradiction in terms.
> and any advice or assistance would be very welcomed.
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