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Re: Progress is good, almost...
said by jjeffeory: realitively few HOMES in India are wired even for telephone and outside major cities higher speeds are rare. EVERYONE has cell phone (They are constantly talking to someone) people move to cities in tech areas go to ENGLISH and computer tech schools and work within large call centers, personal surfing is more often done by phone or at internet cafes until you reach a higher pay grades.
If you want to participate in modern society, you sure do need low latency high capacity broadband service. That's the thing about broadband, it takes away distances as a factor to commerce. Just look at what cyberspace has done for countries like India. They went from nonexistent in tech service to the major player in the world and they're the largest benefactor of broadband service in the world. We could have similar benefits for our rural citizens!
same thing with other manufactering advances there, MOST of the investment in tech was by private companies who by only what they need for the factory.
as demand and education has risen so (slowly) are wages within the those cities else where much of the population is still desperately poor, so internet lag and gaming is not important.
People in out lying areas any where in the world are disadvantaged by the lack of CITY services but often enjoy other benefits in return. there is no cheap/ easy/ affordable/practical way to rapidly change that. some of us out in the sticks are happy that the stuff city people think they need to survive is difficult to get out here as we don't want their noisy, nosy, stinky, asses out here anyway.
Oh how wrong you are.
India, is in many rural areas far better than the US with fiber. If one is a traveler like me, who has Sat in the States, Sat/Wireless in Aus, soon to be fiber, DSL in Europe I can compare across continents and say that India is the best, fastest out of all at present. Even small outlaying communities in Africa are running fiber, and this where only a fraction of the houses have power, it works out cheaper than copper and I have to ask why other than labor