This paper presents findings from a video documentary (shot in the summer of 2009) analyzing the situation of Internet entrepreneurs in very rural areas of the Andes and Central Amazon regions in Peru. In 2007, the Peruvian government granted subsidies to telecommunications companies to provide wireless Internet connections to remote areas; select villagers became entrepreneurs, selling cattle or taking out loans to start Internet ‘cabinas’ in their stores and homes. This study explores the current state of that initiative, focusing on the social effects of Internet implementation in areas previously cut off from all forms of communication. It articulates many villagers’ desire to improve their communities, expand communication and further educational opportunities. Finally, this study outlines the educational, business and social potential of wireless development if more funding, technical assistance and ICT training is made available by corporations, telecoms and government agencies – and identifies potential solutions based on community needs and existing technologies.
|Keywords:||ICT, Video, Internet, Development, Entrepreneurship, Peru|
Graduate Student/Civic Media Resarcher, Center for Future Civic Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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