Just when you thought what would Google come up with next, Google has started an internet bus in India. The Internet Bus is a first of a kind concept from any company in India. It is basically a bus with PC’s with high-speed internet speed capability inside it. It is aimed at educating and giving a first hand experience to poor people in india who may not have heard or used internet ever, unlike you and me ( can you imagine life without internet ? , pheew , just thinking makes me shiver ).
Anyways, back to point, India is a country of approximately 1.15 billion people (estimate for July, 2008) comprises approximately one-sixth of the world’s population ( Thank wiki for that. Hey, I meant the estimated number ). 22% (2006 est.) of those live under poverty line. Do the math and that comes out to about 253 million people. That’s pretty near to the 300 million population of USA. Quoting from a “Times of India” newspaper article “…. if your daily earnings cross Rs 17 in Delhi, Rs 18 in Mumbai, Rs 14 in Kolkata and Rs 16 in Chennai, you are among those fortunate not to be counted by the government as poor.” 1 USD = 48.36 Indian Rupees (Rs) . So the above incomes turn out to be around $ 0.35. That is right 35 CENTS. So if you don’t make $10.5 a month, you are among the 22% below the poverty line.
Let alone a PC, these people would not be able to afford even an internet service. So you can imagine, the gravity of this initiative and why more and more companies need to come up with such gestures.
Here’s a video on the subject, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRp42vuCSy8
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