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I pay attention, but sometimes I get lost in all the travelogues and
lasagna discussions.  Besides this is all your expertise and you could
be much more succinct then I can.

Christopher

Dr Eberhard W Lisse wrote:
>
> Chris,
>
> 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
>
> > [1] 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.
>
> You can't.
>
> 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
> international link.
>
> Why on earth do you think villages need this?
>
> > [2] Could we use radio frequencies?
>
> Depends on whether your PTT allows this, hardware needs to be imported
> with all the problems that involves.
>
> > [3] How much would it cost?
>
> No idea.
>
> > [4] What software and hardware are involved?
>
> 486/586 and linux.
>
> > [5] 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.
>
> > [6] 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.
>
> greetings, el
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