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Adam, listers. Interesting ideas indeed. Some on this list may probably remember a tethered  helium balloon project which an American company was pushing in Kenya in the early eighties. The project was to cover rural areas around Kericho but failed to take off  due to strong opposition from the engineers of the then telecommunications operator. It has been common knowledge for a long time that rural telecommunications is not profitable and hence the USF. Instead of waiting for grand donor projects for those areas, it would be more prudent, at least in Kenya, to use USF in a targeted manner to provide services to rural areas. Such funding tends to stimulate demand in such areas and they gradually tend to profitability. Appropriate technologies do exist for such areas and would work satisfactorily if well engineered. For Kenya, I am not aware of any place where a solution cannot be reasonably found to provide connectivity. 

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