Half of Latin Americans have no access to the Internet. How can that digital gap be bridged?
MIAMI – Internet access changed Cecilia Beltramo’s life. Almost a decade ago, this 59-year-old Argentine translator and editor changed the big city for a country life. Thanks to technology, Beltramo could replace the office and smog by a desk with a view to The Pampas of Argentina.
However, the connection with the world was not easy from a country located 135 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires.
Looking for connectivity, Beltramo traveled 25 kilometers to reach the nearest town and paid 10,000 dollars to the only person in the area with experience in construction of towers.
“The only way to have Internet was building a tower. When I had the opportunity to build the tower I did not think it twice”, related Beltramo.
“An older man called “Torrero” built the tower. His work was to build towers similar to mine for the cooperative that provides electrical services in Lobos”, she said.
The tower is a 30-meter-high metal construction fitted with a lightning rod and crowned with an equipment that points to an antenna located in a nearby town. The antenna picks up the signal and provides Beltramo’s house with Internet access, making it one of the few houses in the area with connection.
Beltramo’s house has become a meeting place for children who use connectivity to do their homework.
The experience of Beltramo demonstrates how much the technologies …
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