Continuing the unanswered question/discussion from Target audience and resources:
Here's a reference I've been reading...
Internet for All A Framework for Accelerating Internet Access and Adoption
Here are some of the highlights
The study found that there are four major reasons people don't have the Internet:
No 3G coverage
No fiber, cable or DSL
Broadband not affordable
3) Skills, awareness and cultural acceptance
Women less connected
4) Local adoption and use
What can Outernet do to address these market segments:
- Satellites can reach where cellphones, fiber, cable and DSL can't reach
- The solution needs to be very inexpensive. How can it be cost-reduced?
Skills, awareness and cultural acceptance
- Can literacy be taught by Outernet? I think that the materials to help people learn to read can be distributed. The news in simple language is an excellent way to begin reading.
Local adoption and use
- can a new language be taught? I have learned four languages in my life (German, French, English and Spanish) and I'm slowly working on a fifth - Russian.
- Homeschooling materials
I think that learning new languages should be part of the database that's sent out with the Outernet units (Lanterns?).
I think there are quite a few overlooked target audiences in the US (and the rest of the world)
1) Off grid folks
2) Tiny home residents
3) Full-Time RV'ers