[amsat-bb] Free content from six satellites via Outernet
thane at outernet.is
Fri Nov 13 18:21:48 UTC 2015
My name is Thane and I lead content and business development at Outernet.
Some of you may be aware of us but I suspect most are not. I am writing
this email to introduce Outernet to AMSAT.
Outernet broadcasts a DVB-S signal
<https://wiki.outernet.is/wiki/Coverage_and_transponder_settings> from six
different satellites covering 99% of humans on Earth. We created this
information service to reach the 4.3 billion people who do not have
Internet access and designed it to overcome the problems the Internet
presents, namely download speed and recurring cost. Our datacast is
completely free to receive, our bitrate is 90 Kbps (~1 GB/day of content),
and you can even build your own receiver with a Raspberry Pi
Right now, the content we send is curated by us and a group of editors but
we are working on a Reddit/Wikipedia/YouTube mashup where the contents of
our broadcast can be decided publicly. Currently, we broadcast Wikipedia,
30,000+ ebooks, PLOS One journal articles, Khan Academy, CK12 textbooks,
music from SoundCloud, and more.
I want to invite this community to be involved in Outernet and help us
build this project. Our current focus is on developing channels to get
devices into schools and generally into countries/areas where Internet
penetration is very low.
Our forum <http://discuss.outernet.is> is very active with users and
Outernet staff. Please stop by!
Thane Richard <https://twitter.com/thanerichard>
Content and Business Development Lead
*Outernet in the press:* WIRED
Inc.com <http://www.inc.com/dev-aujla/a-library-for-all.html>, TechCrunch
, BBC <http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29593734>, CNN
<http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/11/tech/internet-for-everyone/>, Fast Company
, LA Times
Our receiver, Lighthouse, is now available! To show how revolutionary
Lighthouse is, we installed one in a remote school in Uganda. Watch the
video here <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlQFoGK1aWQ>.
More information about the AMSAT-BB