A first priority of the project was to obtain a reliable internet connection, as it is the most important tool for accessing and sharing knowledge. We needed to install a tower and antenna to access internet from the nearest large town about 25 km away. We have a relatively fast and reliable connection (except when the rats are chewing the cables, wasps are setting up house in the antenna or when there is a power outage in town). Currently our limitation is the energy required to run the antenna (until the vortex hydroelectric plant comes online in late 2015). In the future we plan to develop various informatics systems to provide access to as many people as possible (with priority to the educational program).  Telecommunication networks can be established through Wi-Fi technology to provide telephone communication between villagers (not requiring payment to a service provider). A small computer network will be used to provide wide access to software tools for education and development purposes.  

Suggested links

·         FabFi open-source wireless networking (wiki)

·         Raspberry Pi DIY computer

·         Linux open source operating system (wiki)

·        The Code: Story of Linux (Youtube)