Internet Should Be A Public Utility Service

Hi Dorcas

I dont disagree with you at all. I am all for universal internet since the
outbreak of cory is presenting new opportunities while shading light to
other potentials like the internet and how it can impact our lives socially
and economically and politically.

One thing I must mention as this debate expands, let us fix the
power/energy issue.

The internet infrastructure needs a lot if energy and if most of Kenya or
better yet Africa still experiences lack of power or shortages of power due
to excessive load shading then forget the universality of the internet
after all your silicon materials from (tablets, laptops, desktops, servers,
mobile phones and the microwave towers and fiber optic infrastructure) all
need energy. Any lack of it defeats the purpose and this is not an excuse
but a reality.


On Sun, 5 Apr 2020, 00:13 Dorcas Muthoni, <> wrote:

> Hi Noah,
> In my opinion, making the Internet universally accessible and affordable
> increases the market size, more opportunities for engineers in your career.
> New models need to be defined.
> We cannot keep using unmet public needs (food, water) as a scapegoat for
> not recognizing the Internet for what it will be in the future. Future
> livelihoods will predominantly depend on the value of the Internet.
> Regards, Muthoni
> On Sat, 4 Apr 2020, 23:11 Noah, <> wrote:
>> Hi Muthoni
>> A very nice piece but the devil is in the details and believe me, the
>> infrastructure that enables access to the Internet, costs money, a lot of
>> money, no kidding. That is why even in developed nations, the internet is
>> not universal but at least it’s affordable due to massive private sector
>> investment that went into building the transport networks in those
>> countries hence the dense development of the Internet in most advanced
>> economies.
>> The good news is that there is continued development of this
>> infrastructure one day at a time across the continent. There is also a new
>> movement around community networks to aid inclusiveness in places where
>> there is no connectivity and this is not only in Africa but across the
>> world.
>> For Africa, there is also an issue of geography. There are regulatory
>> issues. There are economic issues in terms of what is a national priority
>> though most counties have started to take the Internet and ICT seriously.
>> No kidding, right now, access to food/water and healthcare is proving to be
>> more of a priority than the Internet in most countries.
>> In your piece you talk of education and health. In terms of education and
>> it being online, I tend to think that such content can be online or offline
>> but it has to exist first and with internet exchange points and CDN’s, a
>> nation could leverage on such infrastructure to deliver such critical
>> content to its people in the country at a much lower cost. In terms of
>> health, the same approach could come in handy and this is where Internet
>> exchange points become very important.
>> Just my opinion as I sip a warm glass of muharubani (african herbs)
>> concoction.
>> Noah
>> *./noah*
>> neo – network engineering and operations
>> On Sat, Apr 4, 2020 at 4:39 PM Dorcas Muthoni via kictanet <
>>> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> This is an article I wrote recently:
>>> 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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