A 15-year journey to bridge the digital divide
It has been 15 years since we took an oath to work with the poorest of the poor in rural India to fight information poverty
How was India in 2002? Internet was just about seven years old in the country. Mobile phone was still struggling to achieve a big penetration; there were just 13 million mobile phone subscriptions in India. Service providers were facing the challenges of trying to minimize the call rate to try and increase the volume of customers. None of the major Acts like the Right to Information Act (2005), the Right to Education Act (2009), the National Food Security Act (2013) and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (2005) were in place yet. There were just 82,409 fixed broadband subscriptions in India; access to digital tools was limited; and access to the internet and the information it held was low.