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The St Helena report and the gap in media

Efforts continue on St Helena broadband
Workmen on a beach with a cable snaking out to a cable-laying ship, with large red buoys attached
Next stop, St Helena? A cable-laying ship at work (Creative Commons library image by Sergio77

The campaign to divert an underwater internet cable via St Helena continues to attract publicity around the world. The latest report is on the Computer Active website, which compares the island with an English village.

It quotes Julian Morris, chief executive for economic development on St Helena, who says: “There would need to be support from the British Government. You wouldn’t lay a submarine cable to a village in the UK and we have to be mindful of what’s realistic.

“It is something I’m working hard to make happen.”

St Helena Online understands that the idea is being pursued by officials at the Department for International Development in London, because of the economic importance to bringing high-speed internet to the island.

COMMENT:

If this happens we may get faster Internet, but will we get cheaper Internet?  We currently pay £120 a month(+10% tax) for a package that in a developed country would cost perhaps £10.  Until that price comes down it won’t matter how wide the pipe, many people still won’t be able to afford to connect.

John Turner, St Helena
Burgh House business support

(Editor’s note: St Helena Online understands that although internet access would be much faster, it would still be expensive by world standards)

SEE ALSO:
‘Mum’s asked me to stop sending photos’ – your views on broadband
Internet cable for St Helena: ‘We’re interested’, says The Castle

LINKS:
Computer Active
Connect St Helena

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