These are the internet’s halcyon years. On the flipside of its awesomeness, the internet is most clustered within the developed world. There are still huge swathes of humanity for whom access is either restricted, limited, or completely non existent. One man and his non-profit group wants to make a difference.
The man is Kostas Grammatis and his ahumnaright.org want to purchase a satellite to deliver cheap internet anywher e on earth. The problem, as always, is money. The satellite they’re hoping to buy is owned by a company that’s just gone bankrupt. The satellite is the Terrastar-1, owned by Terrastar, who we’re sure are more than willing to shed their precious hardware for a rock-bottom price. Still, a functioning orbital satellite costs lotsa dough and much more for its infrastructure and Earth-bound maintenance.
So the plan is to raise $150,000 for spending on a business plan plus whatever resources necessary to attract investors. Grammatis has so far raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $35,000, which is proof that he and ahumnaright.org have a long way to go but are at least making progress.
The next phase of their grand ambition—when the satellite is purchased—is to distribute modems to a ‘partner’ country or countries (Papua New Guinea is a ready candidate) so that the rural folk will have access to the universe of apps online. This, Grammatis believes, is the key to their future and will add true value to their lives. If you want to help, go here.
Via GizmagFiled Under: Technology News