When I first began travel to Dominican Republic; a third world country, Iwas surprised to find that I could find an internet cafe in almost every town that I traveled to in my country. The connection was sometimes painfully slow, butit worked. Now, the technology has brought most places up to a pretty high standard of connection speed, and using internet in third world countries is much like itwas 5 years ago in the USA. That is to say: not bad. Ironically, these are the places on the planet where public internet is most difficult to come by. In therich countries, the people tend to have private internet connections, and internet cafes are oftentimes nonexistent.
Poor and expensive telecommunications play alarge part in the reason why these third world countries are lacking Internet access, but another major factor is politics. In countries such as Cuba, the communistgovernment considers the internet a destabilizing force because of the free flow of information associated with the Web.
The real question is has the Internet beenan effective tool in helping these lesser-developed countries? Some groups think it can use the internet to help these countries. The possibly solution tobringing the Internet into the homes and lives of the entire world is get groups from developed countries to contact and assist groups in these lesser-developed countries.