GRNet (global rural network), a grand challenge

We have spent over a decade demonstrating that the Internet can improve the quality of life in developing nations. During that time, we have trained networkers in developing nations, held conferences and workshops, conducted e-readiness studies, and piloted and tested many applications. The value of the Internet has been demonstrated. It is now time to act.

We should build a global rural network with a link to a point of presence in every village in every developing nation. A global rural network would reach 3 billion poor people and enrich us all. As grand challenges go, this one would not be so expensive, and we can do it by adopting the approach taken in the original NSFNET project.

Some related reading is at:

Telemedicine at an n-logue telecenter, India.