Just wondering what people think about the accuracy of an article about... "Wireless Internet in Nicaragua"
If the village does have electricity it doesn't take a genius to use a computer. The curious young ones can probably figure it out through curiosity. The computers and internet can also be used by schools to teach. Being smart doesn't necessarily equate to living in the campo or not. Some people would rather live in the campo because they might like their safety zone or they like the sense of independence and autonomy of the campo.
The article says
The eNicaragua study found that an astonishing 93% of the country's municipalities have the infrastructure necessary for a broadband fiber-optic or digital-radio link.
The implication I see here is that "it's there". Well, what is there is a (new) fiber backbone connecting most Enitel cel sites. That's a good thing and, yes, there is a lot of bandwidth there. What's missing is that Internet connectivity means a lot more than in-country bandwidth. That connectivity costs and costs in foreign exchange.
In addition, talks about TELCOR's regulation of wireless bandwidth and, then talks about how a Wifi radio on each cel tower could offer 15-30 km coverage. Well, first of all, TELCOR requires licensing of what, in the US, falls under FCC Part 15--a license-free clause. But, I know of no cases where TELCOR doesn't let you license the equipment. Hell, TELCOR requires you to license a telephone you bring into the country. That licensing is basically a revenue stream.
Now, if Part 15 license-free usage was permitted here, that would not allow anything close to the 15 km coverage suggested. Part 15 devices are designed to cover an office--not the countryside.
There are some accurate statements in the article but, all in all, it seems to be on the editorial level that I was used to seeing in the Tico Times for years. In other words, disappointing.
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