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Charity Raising Money To Buy Used Satellite 175

Posted by samzenpus
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Zothecula writes "For those of us who live in the developed world, internet access has become pretty much a given. It's become so ubiquitous that we almost expect to have it at all times and in all places, but even in this 'Information Age,' the majority of the world's population lacks access to the internet – either because service isn't available where they are, or they can't afford it. Kosta Grammatis has a plan, however. Through his charity group ahumanright.org, Grammatis aims to set up a network of satellites that will provide free internet access to everyone in the world. He's starting by attempting to buy a single used satellite that's already in orbit and moving it to a location above a developing country."
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Charity Raising Money To Buy Used Satellite

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  • Right... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Locke2005 (849178) on Wednesday February 09, 2011 @05:03PM (#35154620)
    Buying a used satellite is like buying a used bus... the only reason someone would sell it is because it has become cheaper to buy a new one than to maintain the old one!
  • by Wyatt Earp (1029) on Wednesday February 09, 2011 @05:12PM (#35154714)

    Not in sub-Saharan Africa or even India.

    India has 33.77 million land lines wired, 670 million cellular phones.

    For sub-Saharan Africa, a place like Cameroon has 323,000 wired phones for a population of 19.3 million people.

  • by BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) on Wednesday February 09, 2011 @05:29PM (#35154890) Homepage Journal
    Interestingly enough, Tonga is also the location that Interorbital Systems decided would serve best for their launch site because the country was so friendly to the idea of developing the space industry. Each time I hear about it I learn a little bit more about this interesting little country.
  • I'll pay (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Charliemopps (1157495) on Wednesday February 09, 2011 @06:09PM (#35155282)
    Base your headquarters in some country that would be happy to have you and doesn't have the wests draconian Copyright laws, guarantee never to release my traffic records and to enforce Net Neutrality, and I'll pay you for this service. I'll pay more than I'm paying now. Then you can use that money to buy more satellites and set them up in impoverished countries all over the world. I'd happily pay for 3rd world to have internet access for free if it kept my internet access private.

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