Internet is empowering rural India. Since there are many ways to empower rural India, but Internet is playing major role in bridging knowledge gap between rural and urban India.
A US based organisation, United Villages is actively working in Indian villages of Orissa to provide wireless Internet connectivity through Wi-Fi to rural citizens using its unique DakNet service. United Villages basically provide three types of services to the villagers enabled through its DakNet services, like Information service, Communication service and e-Commerce. Villagers can receive any type of information like career, health. Villagers can record voice message in the kiosk/computer system at the franchisee’s place. The cost three-minute message is 90 paisa anywhere in India. Villagers can also send video message using web camera installed at the kiosk. Villagers can order anything which is not available locally like books or music cassettes etc., United Villages purchases it from the city and delivers it back to the villager.
United Villages has buses, which are fitted with short range Wi-fi system and antenna. These buses go to the villages and using its Wi-Fi system pick up the information stored in the computer/kiosk of franchisee. The information transfer from kiosk to the system in Wi-fi bus happens at a very fast speed. After collecting the information from villages, buses come to the United Villages city office which has broadband Internet connection, here the information/messages collected from villages is transmitted to the computers in the office and from there they are finally relayed to the required destination.