First off, I want to say this OLPC program is really great. Having a way to get computers to everyone seems like a noble, valuable, and practical goal.
My question lies around internet access: What technology is in place to get internet access to students with these laptops?
1. If I understand correctly, these laptops are made for WiFi, and can connect to Ethernet ports. However, what happens if they are in a place where that is not readily available?
2. Is there a possibility that a compact, portable, self-powered ethernet server could be made available?
I'm thinking that for rural places in Africa, Outer Asia, etc. could really use places with the internet (as it would be instant access to valuable skills). However, I'm not sure what the best way to get internet access would be.
3. If there's an on-going engineering process to make internet available, I'd sure like to volunteer or donate.
Thanks for the consideration,