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Re: [atlarge-discuss] "IPv6 & ICANN is..."

Are you involved in the undp?

Sotiris Sotiropoulos

jkhan wrote:

> :-) Now that's a great idea!
> I will forward it to UNDP/Sustainable Development Networking Programme [
> http://www.sdnp.undp.org/about/ ].
> You may want to browse these links also:
> http://www.sdnp.undp.org/it4dev/
> http://www.sdnp.undp.org/rc/areas/tech/
> Thanks Stephen,
> Best Regards,
> James Khan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stephen Waters [mailto:swaters@amicus.com]
> Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 11:40 AM
> To: jkhan
> Cc: At-Large Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [atlarge-discuss] "IPv6 & ICANN is..."
> I guess I don't see why 3rd world countries are required to roll out
> Internet technology in the same way that, e.g., the U.S. does (i.e.,
> wires in every home, business, etc.). I recently heard about (on _Living
> on Earth_ on NPR) some villages being lit with very low power LEDs
> running on pedal power. Would it really surprise you if they skipped the
> Big Hardware Model and went directly to, say, Internet Cafe Model,
> Library Model, Community Wireless Model, or something else?
> I mean, heck, we've all heard about Eastern Europe and former Soviet
> states who went from having no telephone service to wireless phones
> everywhere. Our Center for Battered Women takes donations of phones.
> Maybe ATT, Motorola, etc. could get a tax break for donating old phones,
> towers, etc. to the 3rd world?
> So, then you get some towers in place. They need to be solar powered of
> course. I don't know how long it would take to pedal a charge to a cell
> battery, though... :/   still, if they've got a TV, like in your
> example, then they can charge a phone battery to send email. Maybe they
> could figure out how to turn all those arial antennas into wireless
> repeaters? I'm not a radio guy, though, so I don't know.
> Anyway, I'm just saying that when there's technology, demand, and
> industrious thinking, someone will find a solution. When IPs became
> ridiculously expensive for home networking, the market responded with
> Linux and BSD support for IP masquerading and soon hardware devices
> followed. Speaking of Linux, I believe the IPv6 implementation in 2.6
> will support encapsulation over IPv4 (among other things).
> So assuming our implementation relies entirely on donated, unwanted
> hardware from the U.S., the primary costs are:
>   . shipping said hardware
>   . expertise in installing and maintaining the system
>   . electricity
>   . international connectivity (probably through a coalition of States)
> If you've got the electrical infrastructure in place and governmental
> stability, it doesn't seem such a difficult project for a motivated
> group.
> Am I way off-base?
> -s
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