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RE: [atlarge-discuss] Membership fees/One solution for the digital divide

Ron Sherwood wrote:

>In some towns there were thirty or more Internet cafe's, each with
>from ten to fifty computers.  The cost of use with Internet access was as
>low as $1 per hour in some places (still two hours wages for some).
>the remote villages did not have Internet access (or even telephone access
>in many cases).

This is how my in-laws in Thailand get online, through an Internet cafe (and
they just got their.  It seems to be a good solution for many low-wage
areas.  But at some point I'm hoping that computer technology becomes small,
cheap and pervasive enough that people who earn a living wage within their
culture can afford an Internet-connected computer.

Bruce Young
Portland, Oregon USA
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