The digital divide here in the United States has nothing on India, where a billion-plus residents remain un- or under-served by telecoms. In some large part, this is a feature of the country’s growing rift between its relatively small urban upper-crust and rural everyone else. Some 70 percent of the country lives in diffuse villages where electricity itself can be scarce and finding a telephone might involve a day’s walk. For ISPs, this does not exactly equal dollar signs.
It’s a problem whose solution would seem to intertwined with solutions to the country’s more general woes as development, and the opportunities it offers, leave vast reaches of India behind. In lieu of some huge altruistic ISP investment, how can we imagine some of the most undeveloped parts of world finding their way to this very internet?