First-Class Access for Developing-World Environments

Date Added: Jun 2010
Format: PDF

Improvements in connectivity and the cost of laptops will soon enable widely-available Internet access in parts of the world where access ranged from rare to unavailable. While such steps represent tremendous progress, the authors believe that the next barrier to adoption will be to convince providers that the gap between "Good Enough" access and first-class access, while quite large, is possible to bridge. This paper presents the views for the creation of a networking software stack tailored toward developing-world usage. With this stack, they believe that developing-world users will have a participatory Internet experience, similar to that of users in the US and Europe.