Andrew Michler

Help Buy a Satellite That Will Provide Internet to Those Without

by , 12/03/10

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Imagine not having internet. 70 percent of the world’s population is not connected to the web, and a whopping 90% of Africans do not have access to the net. But a new group called AHumanRight.org have come together to change all of that. With the belief that access to the internet should be a basic human right, the inspired organization has come up with a new solution to the problem: Buy This Satellite. Their smart initiative focuses on using decommissioned satellites to provide free internet access to all corners of the globe, and as luck would have it, the most powerful internet satellite in the world could soon be available for purchase to help them reach this ambitious goal!

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The satellite in question is the bus-sized, behemoth Terrestar-1, which launched in July 2009 by the now bankrupt communications company TerreStar. The initiative Buy This Satellite is asking for seed donations to help raise a total $150k to fund the creation of a feasibility plan that could put this satellite in use.

The current vision is to move the satellite over to a partner country that can make good use of it, and then distribute low bandwidth communication devices to the population in need. The project is not looking to displace internet providers, but rather to create a stepping stone for rural and disadvantaged populations to connect with the world.

While this may end up as a pie-in-the sky concept, this kind of bold thinking is in fact what the internet is all about.

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Via Gizmodo and Boing Boing

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5 Comments

  1. opy December 23, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    i like to own my own satellite and and i like to get people involved in buying one.
    but thats so i can be free from microsoft, sure the users would not have use of the other satellites, the ones checking microsoft for legitimacy, i hate that the whole internet concept has to revolve around this monopoly. i feel it rather ruined the future of internet. that everything has to cost money. when computers should run better faster and more trouble free. i would love to be hooked to an internet where i can focus on my search
    without having to burn my eyes and my money to figure how to fix my computer. i hate popup windows and popup suggestions because they kill my inspiration i love to own a satellite that uses 10 times the virus and 10 times the effort to crash any source that attacks it. and finds it geographically counterattack for virus spreaders. one that cannot never have threats for its users. and i know it can be done.

  2. MARFLORA December 4, 2010 at 8:10 am

    THERE IS AN INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION (CHARITY) THAT WILL BE WILLING TO HELP OUT IN THE PROCUREMENT OF THIS SATELLITE. PLEASE FORWARD YOUR ADVICE AND OTHER DETAILS TO earth2009@ovi.com…. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORKS AND THE SPIRIT ALIVE !!!

  3. thenedshed December 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Now THIS is ambitious… and that’s just what we need! …Can you imagine the communication a project like this could forge between “first world” citizens and the disempowered multitudes in Africa??? How would mass-skyping with starving children affect our culture’s empathy for them???

  4. oboistkat04 December 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Are these people really ‘doing without’ when it comes to the internet? If everyone should have internet, then why isn’t it free or cheap here in the U.S.? I pay $50 a month for it here. Society makes me have it here in the U.S. I do without other things so I can have internet for college, such as food.

  5. oboistkat04 December 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Why does everyone need internet? So they can spend 8-10 hours a day on it like most Americans? Money should be put towards improving air, water, soil quality, and farming techniques. Also the internet takes computers. Most of America’s trashed computers go to places like these to be disassembled. How are these countries going to sustain everything that goes with a computer, especially electricity? This will only increase the amount of scamming across the net, since this is an easy way to make money, especially for those in 3rd world countries.

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