28 Feb '18, 9am

Renewables Can Narrow the Global Digital Divide

Renewables Can Narrow the Global Digital Divide

According to many global organizations, including the World Economic Forum , approximately 4 billion people lack internet access. Their inability to venture online is compounded by the fact many of these same citizens are not connected to the grid. So even if cellular networks are readily available, the inability to recharge a phone at home means connectivity is often a luxury. Much of the problem lies in the oft-discussed “last mile.” Many citizens may see those power lines or cell phone towers easily from their homes or businesses, but cannot afford, or even attain, reliable access to either. As explained in a joint report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and Facebook, the double whammy of lacking reliable internet access and power creates countless challenges: time lost by walking up to 10 miles a week just to recharge phones; the costs incurred by spending money ...

Full article: https://www.triplepundit.com/2018/02/renewables-can-narro...

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