minor thoughts on broadband…
This is an interesting perspective on the broadband revolution in South Korea. Argues that there were unique characteristics which may not be the case elsewhere.
The more I think about it, the less certain I am that broadband rollout will create any significant difference to a rural community in India. I think the real issue is the content. The medium will take care of itself – wimax, cable, corDECt, whatever we end up using, it’s fine. Entertainment and adult content does not matter so much here as in a place like South Korea; maybe it does in pockets, but by and large, it won’t. The Azim Premji Foundation develops content for primary education, and from all reports are doing a very good job of it. But we will need many more like them focusing on different social aspects. Not enough people are going to pay for these though, and so it has to be subsidized. Which brings up the “S” word – Sustainability, the equivalent of Strategy in e-governance circles.
Now, Land Records in Karnataka (“Bhoomi”) is something of a killer application. But there simply aren’t enough killer applications that are not entertainment centric. Funny.