UN panel sets target to connect poor to broadband

Oct 25, 2011

(AP) -- A United Nations panel has given governments a target of connecting half the world's poor citizens to broadband Internet by 2015.

The U.N.'s Broadband Commission for Digital Development also says at least 40 percent of households in should be hooked up to broadband within four years.

The panel representing industry, academia and governments issued the challenge Tuesday. It said broadband access needs to be affordable even in the most impoverished nations.

The head of the U.N.'s International Telecommunications Union in Geneva, Hamadoun Toure, says the targets are "ambitious but achievable" if governments work together with the .

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Pirouette
1.3 / 5 (15) Oct 25, 2011
I think it's basically a good idea. BUT, I'm more in favor of starting poor people off on a different set of dot coms that are separate from existing ones, so that they don't all tie up the internet and cause too many "TIME-OUTs" . The different dot coms should be pretty well the equivalent of the ones normally used now. It's not because poor people are stupid (many of them could be geniuses, but disadvantaged). but until they are fully savvy with computers, they should PRACTICE with only certain websites.
By the way, who is going to foot the bill for all this?
FrankHerbert
4.4 / 5 (48) Oct 25, 2011
How does being savvy with a computer reduce your traffic? How do you know how many people the internet can handle? Are you an IT engineer? Sounds like you're just assuming this has to be a problem with nothing to support it.
CHollman82
1.4 / 5 (44) Oct 25, 2011
Why do poor people need broad band internet? What the hell is wrong with people? We've gone fucking crazy with these entitlement programs... YOU'RE NOT ENTITLED TO ANYTHING, WORK FOR WHAT YOU NEED AND WANT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.
PaoloIlTipoBasso
4.1 / 5 (13) Oct 25, 2011
"They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."

http://en.wikiped...of_tubes
CHollman82
1.3 / 5 (43) Oct 25, 2011
Bunch of damn socialists on this website or something...
Pirouette
1.4 / 5 (11) Oct 25, 2011
""And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material."""

That's about the size of it. There have been times when I couldn't get into a website because it had gotten so popular and the traffic will only accept single file. . .or, first come, first served. I guess FrankHerbert doesn't comprehend again.
Pirouette
1.6 / 5 (13) Oct 25, 2011
@CHollman82
The United Nations strikes again. Surely you must have read their program for globalization, aka the New World Order. If they had their way, places like Somalia and the Sudanese would be far better off than Americans are.
Pirouette
1.6 / 5 (13) Oct 25, 2011
Come to think of it, didn't Obama also say that he wants poor people (kids) in the U.S. to be GIVEN Broadband for free?. Heck, I can't even afford BroadBand or DSL and I'm poor too. . . .boo hoo

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