Internet Should Be A Public Utility Service

Hi John,

Thanks for mentioning the other pioneers I may have missed. Big thanks to
them too.

Regards, Muthoni

On Sat, 4 Apr 2020, 20:05 John Kariuki, <kariuki_jn@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi Muthoni,
>
> I agree with you on the need to consider Internet as a Public Utility. It
> is not difficult to implement it. It is not expensive either. Bundles will
> never fully meet users needs for internet service. Remember the cost curve
> of ICTs. Regarding the beginning of internet in Kenya in the early
> nineties, there was some work done by USAID (Leyland Initiative) lead by
> John Mark though not often acknowledged. Even more work was done by African
> Online. It is worth checking on it.
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> On Sat, Apr 4, 2020 at 16:53, Dorcas Muthoni via kictanet
> <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> This is an article I wrote recently:
> www.afchix.org/blog_post/internet-should-be-public-utility/
>
>
> Happy to here your thoughts.
>
> The regulatory framework needs to be future looking. The COVID-19
> situation is bringing us back to the table to revise what we otherwise
> thought was reasonable use and penetration of the Internet in Kenya and
> across Africa.
>
> Good time to revive like APC, KICTANET etc to revisit policy advocacy
> on universally accessible and affordable Internet access. Internet
> should be considered as critical as other services like water, electricity,
> sewerage etc.
>
> We all know the school calendar is in total jeopardy and talks on having
> kids repeat 2020 on the table.
>
> Universally accessible and affordable Internet access is what will give
> us a continuity strategy for education and support telemedicine. These are
> some of the areas where growth must happen.
>
> Regards, Muthoni
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