‘Buy This Satellite’ Initiative Plans To Bring ‘Free Internet For All’

[disinfo ed.’s note: Kosta Grammatis is working with disinformation friend and collaborator Rob Spence on his infamous Eyeborg project.]

Discovery News reports:

Despite the fact that you’re reading this now on your computer and/or have an iPhone or a some other smart phone that allows you web access day and night, 7 out 10 people around the world have no access to the Internet. That’s about 5 billion people, according to the charity group, A Human Right, whose mission is “to improve the human condition by advocating for and safeguarding global access to information as a human right.”
Kosta

To address the discrepancy, founder Kosta Grammatis wants to buy a TerreStar-1 communications satellite from TerreStar, which filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010.

The effort is called Buy This Satellite and it has 3 phases: In phase 1, the group wants to raise US $150,000 in order to finalize a business plan, get legally organized to submit a bid for the satellite, and hire engineers. In phase 2, the group will, among other things, submit an official bid for the satellite, develop an open source modem and acquire an orbital slot. In phase 3, the group will move the satellite to a new orbit over partner countries and roll out service.

Although A Human Right has talked with folks from TerreStar, there is no final price tag on the satellite. The $150,000 will get the ball rolling, but the ultimate cost will likely be much higher. According to the group’s website, a different satellite called an Iridium recently sold for $23 million after its parent company in 2000.

And even if the charity group can raise the necessary funds, it plans to fund the free coverage by allowing telecommunications companies to purchase and resell high-speed bandwidth. Basic Internet service will be free to all, though…

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  • http://twitter.com/cneitzert Chris Neitzert

    I was a part of the group that tried something similar in the spring of 2000. I wish this team loads of luck! http://www.salon.com/technology/log/2000/03/23/save_iridium

  • http://twitter.com/cneitzert Chris Neitzert

    I was a part of the group that tried something similar in the spring of 2000. I wish this team loads of luck! http://www.salon.com/technology/log/2000/03/23/save_iridium

  • Jordan

    I’m not too familiar on all of this, but wouldn’t the free, basic internet end up being bogged down with ads or crap you have to download in order to get the free internet? Or would it seriously be no-strings-attached and I could get my brand new computer out of the box, open it up, and have access to my own internet service at a lower speed than the ‘premium’ service? Doesn’t NetZero do this with dial-up? Can someone explain how this would be different?

  • Jordan

    I’m not too familiar on all of this, but wouldn’t the free, basic internet end up being bogged down with ads or crap you have to download in order to get the free internet? Or would it seriously be no-strings-attached and I could get my brand new computer out of the box, open it up, and have access to my own internet service at a lower speed than the ‘premium’ service? Doesn’t NetZero do this with dial-up? Can someone explain how this would be different?

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