Free Wi-fi for the peo­ple

CityPress - - Opportunity index - – Grethe Koen Go to pro­jec­ti­ to find out how to get free Wi-Fi or do­nate to the project

Our in­ter­net tar­iffs are sky-high, and only the priv­i­leged can af­ford ba­sic ac­cess. Imag­ine the pos­si­bil­i­ties for ed­u­ca­tion and devel­op­ment if more South Africans had ac­cess.

A lo­cal project called Isiswe in­tends to change all that. Part­ner­ing with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and broad­band providers, they’ve in­stalled in­fra­struc­ture to pro­vide 250MB of free Wi-Fi a day to low-in­come com­mu­ni­ties, em­ploy­ing lo­cals for any work required. By get­ting band­width at dis­counted rates, the price of a gi­ga­byte is driven down to less than R1.

This means the gov­ern­ment can af­ford to sub­sidise free Wi-Fi for the peo­ple. Project Isiswe has al­ready launched in Tsh­wane, with more hubs on the way. Ap­par­ently Mitchells Plain is next.

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