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Access to the internet is a human right, says Kosta Grammatis, who wants to buy a satellite to get the whole world online.
You want to buy a communications satellite that is in orbit around the Earth. Why?
To bring internet access to millions of people who can't, currently, get online.
How will buying a satellite help when billions of people don't have phones or computers to access the internet?
The cost of computing continues to decrease substantially. In India, for example, they are rolling out the $12 laptop. Some people in developing countries spend half their disposable income on cellphones because telecommunications add value to their lives. If access to the internet were free, people will find a way to get devices to use it.
Have you got a particular satellite in mind?
Our organisation, ahumanright.org, has been thinking about recycling an existing satellite for a while. In 2009 we heard that the company Terrestar was being delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange. At the time they owned the largest communications satellite ever put in space. We thought it would be a unique opportunity, if they did declare bankruptcy, to buy their satellite. When the company filed for chapter-11 bankruptcy protection in October last year we rolled out buythissatellite.org to crowd-source the initiative.