I would like to start discussion about free internet for development countries. Altough there are things like Googe Zero, people in development countries must still pay subscription line costs for using telephone line. Telephne line costs are high when landlines are used, but mobile telecommunications have operational costs much lower. Still people in developing countries must pay high cost for telephone line. The cost of using internet with its copyrighted material and royalty payments increases costs of using the net. Internet also brings lots of advertising money to teleoperators, also in poor countries, but teleoperators still charge money from line user. However, internet has also full of freeware and public domain material, and internet operators like Spotify who offers copyrighted material for free, and places like openculture.com which is full of public domain things. But telephone line costs prevent poor people in poor countries to use those. When even 4G networks are being build in the most poorest countries of the world, and they have dozens of megabits data rate, if operating cost for one tens of megabits- scale line are so high that subscrition line fee must paid, what about if that capacity is divided to between 20- 100 smaller users, and simultaneysly advertisements that are aided towards one user, are going to 20 -100 line users, so advertisement money generated by teleoperator is increased to 20 - 100 times per typical megabits scale 4G or even 3G channel. If internet access is restricted to copyright payment free public domain and freeware, teleoperator does not have to pay it either. There is a crossing point where teleoperators costs and slower data rate for user / increased money from advertisements meet each other, and teleperator can now have total cost- free internet which is paid by commercials (advertisements, adware, other payments by those who offer material or want to sell something in the internet), so end user in poor countries does not have to pay for internet line. 600 million cell phones and 100- 200 million laptops, tablets on other computers are discarded each year. They cannot be shipped to poor countries because costs of using internet line (telephone line) are so high that it prevents their usage. So those are scrapped wich brings much pollution. If line costs were free, hundreads of millions of pieces of electronics that are discarded and now scrapped can be given to poor people. Also cost of modern electronics is so low (tablet PC at 15 dollars with Allwinner A 13 processor is lowest factory price for large orders in China) that it is not the cost of electronics, it is the cost of telehone / mobile internet line that prevents poor people having internet connection. Also if they had access to internet, these poor people could form “buying pools”, concentrations of net shop users in same geographical area, and make large factory orders together for netshops like alibaba.com that sell cheap things but demants large order of 1000 - 10 000 pieces for single order. Also teleoperator can cut costs restricting the use of free internet to limited number of files and netpages on the net, using “Virtual File System” or other instead of search engine and browser, minimizing search engine and server usage to minimum. Google Zero, Airtel Zero and others are doing it already. Most of world
s teleoperators that have largest numbers of subscribers are state- owned, owned by some rich country like Norway (Telenor/VimpelCom/Grameenphone), United Arab Erimites (Etilasat) or France (Orange, previously France Telecom), and these very rich countries have wholly or partially state- owned teleoperators that operate in almost every poor country in the world. Because they are state owned they are under political decisionmaking of citizens. Also those firms get their money from teleoperations in rich countries, and having telebisnes in poor countries is not very important to them. If there is a way that enables total cost free internet in developing countries and it wont even bring substantial economical losses, what is the reason that these large state- owned firms cannot offer free internet at least poorest of people? These firms are “owned” by citizens of each individual country that have large teleoperator under governmental control, so if people want this cost free internet to come true, it will come true, if people have a will to make this decision and start political process towards total cost free (commercially paid, slow data rate, restricted use) internet in poor countries. In almost every poor country can be found teleoperator which is wholly or partially owned by some rich country. Effect of cost free net connection would be enormous, perhaps greater than other aid projects together, if things like GNUhealth or Ekopedia are integrated to it. But if user wants to use for example normal telephone call or send SMS message, user must pay, and cost free use is restricted to VoIP calls over internet and internet message services. Also free net must be monitored and sensurized, and if it is a closed filesystem it is easy.