Connecting the world through free communication

Written by Mark Vletter on 29th November 2017

In 2003 I worked in Haiti for roughly six months. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. After an 11-hour flight, you go from a country that has everything to a country that has nothing. In Haiti, I saw what a lack of access to information and communication does to a country and its people. Today, 48% of the world’s population still has no access to free communication. This needs to change. With 48percent.org we want to bring equality to the world by enabling that last 48% to have access to unrestricted communication.

The plan to make this happen

There were a number of basic essential conditions for us to be able to make this a reality: a strong income stream, being a communication authority, and a scalable self-reliant organization. Now that these conditions are met, we can get started on building the solution. We believe this solution consists of roughly three parts:

1. You need a data network. These can be balloons, low orbit satellite networks or drones that bring that data network to remote areas.
2. Then you need a base station there that translates the signal from these data networks into a local network.
3. Finally, you must have devices that use this local network.

That’s easy, right?

It sounds simple and achievable, but unfortunately, it is not. The big bottleneck is electricity. Approximately 15% of the world’s population has no access to electricity, and things like W