Rural incubators

The Seattle Times ran a story earlier this year about Google experimenting with spreading wi-fi via balloons in New Zealand.

This made me think about other ways to get internet access to people living in USA rural areas; because I believe this is an untapped pool of innovators.

My mother lives in a remote part of Washington State; there’s plenty of open land there. Building is cheap, wood is cheaper since logging companies are nearby. But, they lack widely available high speed internet access. You can pay the Dish Network a crazy monthly fee or settle for weak DSL service. Neither is ideal for setting up an incubator.

AT&T has a ‘cell tower on wheels’ system – COWS – they use for large events like concerts.

I could see COWS being used to get high speed internet access to rural girls, boys; to help them startup.


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