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Electricity, money, and technology knowledge

Most might consider technology infrastructure the first limiting factor in access to the internet. And while this may be true, particularly on scattered islands where infrastructure investments need to be replicated manifold, investment in another branch of infrastructure is required.

Namely, in electricity. The proportion of a population without electricity is also the proportion of people who rely solely on public facilities to access the internet, such as internet shops or cafes.

A second limiting factor is money and affects those who use both private or public facilities to access the internet. For those of us in the second category, money dictates the amount of time we spend on the internet. For those who enjoy private access to the worldwide web here in Fiji, the cost of pre- or post-pay broadband internet plans limits the volume of use and downloads.

Finances also constrain the use of other ways to access the internet, such as through mobile phones. The use of these nifty devices for internet access also depends on the capacity of phones and technology knowledge of users.

While factors of electricity, money, and technology knowledge could affect men and women equally, spaces like World Pulse and other women-friendly sites make the internet more user-friendly with community contributions, resources, and links to explore.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

Comments

Kristina M's picture

Thank you for sharing

Hello Sereima,

Thank you for sharing how the lack of electricity can affect connecting onto the internet. Is there any discussion in the public or private sector on improving the electrical infrastructure on the islands? Maybe being able to use solar power to generate electricity could become an option?

Kristina

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