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Establishment of Regional POP's (Point of Presence for Socio-Economic Changes through Distance Learning

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by Arif Khan last modified Feb 11, 2010 03:33 PM

In recent years the Internet has become the center of attention; not simply for sharing information, but as the backbone facilitating multidimensional growth, changing life styles around the developed regions. Yet, most of the world’s underdeveloped regions are without any basic Internet infrastructure, which will eventually create a huge vacuum between developed and underdeveloped regions; affecting both in terms of socio-economic deprivation. If not dealt properly and in time, the cause and effects of this unbridled Internet revolution could be more devastating than any revolution world has experienced before. In the face of diminished international development funding for building this massive Internet infrastructure; the most effective way will be; help building self-sustaining delivery centers POP’s (Point of Presence) of information and communications technologies in the underdeveloped regions of the world with the help of local private sector. This will be mutually beneficial for the developed and the developing worlds, as despite a major headway made by developed world in services like education, healthcare they do not have the means of reaching the international market while underdeveloped regions will benefit from the quality services being offered at affordable cost. To achieve and further this goal, this paper presented by PLANWEL proposes the establishment of community-level POP’s (Point of Presence). The aim of this initiative is to contribute to furthering the socio-economic growth of the developing countries. While there are a nearly overwhelming number of obstacles to be overcome, the paper concludes with an action outline aimed at servicing the currently unreached in an economically-sustainable manner, and in doing, so set the stage for even greater connectivity to the developing regions of the world.

Author: Arif Khan
Date: Jun-13-00
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