Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
World Wide Web
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Google, Facebook Partner with UK on Affordable Internet Initiative
Google, Facebook Partner with UK on Affordable Internet Initiative

By Seth Fitzgerald
October 7, 2013 2:07PM

    Bookmark and Share
Google was one of the first companies to spark the conversation regarding Internet access in the developing world, as well as in the UK. Google plans on providing Affordable Internet access through this initiative by using balloons to beam wireless signals to people below, as well as by utilizing TV white spaces to connect people to the Internet.
 



The UK government, along with multiple technology companies, will be working to provide affordable Internet access to everyone, particularly in developing countries. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Intel are all supporting the initiative but Google appears to be at the front of the pack.

Both Google and Facebook have already publicly announced plans to provide Internet access to developing nations but this is the first time that they have come together with the UK. The high-tech companies announced the initiative, titled the Alliance for Affordable Internet, on Monday.

Helping Poorer Countries

Although there are some people in developed nations that lack affordable Internet access, the Alliance for Affordable Internet is primarily focused on helping the poorer countries. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the main proponent of the Alliance, cited some statistics which suggested that just 1GB of data can cost someone in Mozambique two months of their income.

Companies such as Google have been trying to figure out ways to actually get the Internet to people in developing countries, but the Alliance is focused more on changing policies in order to keep costs down. Berners-Lee points out “The real bottleneck now is anti-competitive policies that keep prices unaffordable. The Alliance is about removing that barrier and helping as many as possible get online at reasonable cost."

In the developing world, almost no one has access to the Internet and according to the UN, this is the result of high prices. Internet access costs around 30 percent of a person's monthly wage in these countries and the Alliance feels that the ridiculous prices are due to greed and bad policy.

Google's Plan

Google was one of the first companies to spark the conversation regarding Internet access in the developing world. Google plans on providing Internet access to people in these countries by using balloons to beam wireless signals to people below, as well as by utilizing TV white spaces to connect people to the Internet.

Although it has not been talked about as much, Google's TV white spaces plan may be easier to implement than Project Loon, which has received an enormous amount of attention. By taking advantage of the unused channels on the TV spectrum, Google hopes to make high-speed Internet more accessible and is rolling out the project in South Africa.

Google's Project Loon was suddenly flung into the spotlight during the Summer when the company launched a pilot version of the program in New Zealand. Loon will attempt to connect people to the Internet by beaming wireless signals from balloons--which are stationed 60,000 feet above ground--to massive amounts of people.

Assuming that Project Loon works, and simple issues--such as the fact that balloons tend to drift--don't get in the way of it, the balloons could provide 3G-level speeds. Between Google's Project Loon and its TV white space plan, Google is certainly making affordable Internet access a top priority.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 World Wide Web
1.   How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
2.   Politics Test Silicon Valley, Russia
3.   Why Netflix Got So Blazingly Fast
4.   Twitter Acquires Data Analyzer Gnip
5.   Google Proudly Scans Your Gmail


advertisement
Don't Reset Passwords for Heartbleed?
Added caution needed to ensure security.
Average Rating:
Internet Devices Lure Hackers
Mundane devices end up in online crime.
Average Rating:
Google, Viacom Settle Copyright Battle
Bury digital hatchet over YouTube.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
 
How To Beat the Heartbleed Bug
Heartbleed headlines continue as IT admins scramble for answers no one has. Early reports of stolen personal data, including 900 social insurance numbers in Canada, are starting to trickle in.
 
After Heartbleed, OpenSSL Calls for More Support
The president of the OpenSSL Foundation says more support is needed from companies and governments that use its software so that it can better spot and fix flawed pieces of code such as Heartbleed.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 million, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 
CTIA Caves, Volunteers Kill Switch Plan
After bucking against the concept of a smartphone kill switch, the CTIA just announced the “Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment” to thwart smartphone thefts in the U.S.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.