October 9, 2021
Utilizing this unused spectrum would allow rural communities to connect to their peers and get access to vital services in places where they are needed most
White Space Internet is not widely adopted so far, but has the potential to transform the way we use wireless Internet. Being a free form of broadband, it is as a good alternative to provide underserved communities with Internet access that is similar to that of 4G mobile.
Wireless Internet is often more expensive than wired Internet. It can easily be disrupted by radio interference, weather, or other people using the same network. White Space Internet is a line of sight wireless broadband that promises to provide very fast speeds without any of these issues.
White Space power stations can be charged with solar panels and broadband can travel up to 10 kilometers through vegetation, buildings and other obstacles.
The introduction of the internet has changed the way we live. It has made communication easy and accessible. The introduction of the internet also had a profound effect on rural communities, providing services to those who would not otherwise had access to education, healthcare, and other essential services too hard to come by in more remote locations.
We have an incredible opportunity to bring broadband connectivity to rural communities with the technologies we already have at our fingertips. This reality can only be achieved through genuine public-private partnerships to implement unused television bands.
Internet access is a basic human right and it is also critical for economic development. The sad thing is that the majority of the world’s internet users, more than 3 billion people, don't have access to online services and tools that we take for granted.
Mobile internet is the cheapest and most accessible form of internet for many of Malawi's citizens, but it has the lowest data allowance and is not included in any data package. This high cost of mobile data has created a digital divide - those with money and access to computers go online while those without, do not.
The digital divide is caused by many factors: low income, lack of access to computers, and high cost of mobile data packages. Mobile internet provides the best connectivity for individuals who cannot afford a broadband subscription or do not have a computer at home.
This digital divide has created an exclusion as those who cannot afford or are unable to access the internet are left out from society's growing dependence on technology.
This exclusion can be addressed by increasing mobile data tariffs, including mobile internet in
With the high cost of internet, many people in Malawi are excluded because they can't afford it. It is not just an issue of affordability but also one of regulation. With the growing number of internet users around the world, there is no denying that access to information is crucial for economic growth and social development. The goal should be to provide universal access to information and make sure that anyone has the opportunity to access online content anywhere in the world at any time.
This report by Freedom House states that "government-imposed restrictions on Internet content and infrastructure often restrict Internet use" (Freedom House).
This section discusses how high-costs can lead to exclusion from information and economic growth, which should be an important goal for countries like Malawi.
The internet is a powerful tool for development. For countries like Malawi, the internet can be both a tool of exclusion and inclusion.
The internet has become the key to economic prosperity in today’s world. While this might not be true for countries like Malawi, where access to the internet is prohibitively expensive, it is true that any country must have an understanding of how accessibility to the internet impacts economic growth.
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