“The benefits of increasingly widespread availability of low-cost telecommunications in the developing world are economic, social and political.”
- From: “Reaching Out Around the World Digitally” by David A. Gross, in Letters to the Editor, Washington Post, Monday, July 31, 2006; A14
Your July 9 front-page article "In War-Torn Congo, Going Wireless to Reach Home; For Poor, Cellphones Bridge Digital Divide" highlighted an extraordinary success story in Africa. However, this success is not limited to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The story is being repeated throughout the developing world. This progress is the result of combining revolutionary technical changes with liberalized telecommunications policies and private sector leadership and investments.
The benefits of increasingly widespread availability of low-cost telecommunications in the developing world are economic, social and political. For example, during last December's constitutional referendum in
The Bush administration actively supports the continued expansion of digital opportunities in the developing world through leadership at international events and programs such as the Digital Freedom Initiative.
We will continue to encourage increased access and usage of communication technologies in developing nations and look forward to the further proliferation of jobs, knowledge and freedom of expression that these technologies nurture.
DAVID A. GROSS
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