Wednesday, January 9, 2008

One Laptop Per Child Comes To America!!

Article: OLPC America aims to distribute low-cost laptops to needy students in the United States

The reason OLPC had not included the U.S. in its low-cost laptop program was because of the huge difference in need, Negroponte said. In the U.S., people spend $10,000 per year per child in primary education, but in Bangladesh, a developing country, they spend $20. It's a huge difference, and many people in the U.S. can afford more expensive laptop PCs for their kids anyway.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Michael Lee Chin & High Speed Broadband In The Caribbean

My recent trip to the island of Jamaica was greatly enhanced by the efforts of Michael Lee Chin. Chin is the billionaire financier of Afro-Jamaican and Chinese descent.

Wikipedia Page on Michael Lee Chin

He recently purchased Columbus Communications which serves several islands in the area. Jamaica now has a competitor to the former monopoly of Cable & Wireless. Via Columbus, the communications company, not the so called "explorer", Jamaica now how high speed DSL and voice services being offered into the homes throughout many parts of the island. Internet connectivity is the cornerstone to so many other academic, economic and entertainment services that will soon flow into people's houses. Yes Jamaicans will soon be overweight couch potatoes just like many Americans are.

I could tell from my own testing that there is now high speed trunk lines between Jamaica and the USA now. Several individuals were streaming movies over the Internet without out any sort of bottleneck on the International circuit or the DSL metropolitan area network. Also I was able to use VoIP to make calls back to the United States, bypassing the sticker shock upon my US based cellphone bill when I returned to the states.

The vision, leadership and financial resources as provided by the men like Michael Lee Chin will make sure that people who are outside of the "low hanging fruit" of Europe, the USA and Canada will be provided access to first rate telecommucations services.

Intra-Caribbean Fiber Ring