About Development – Georgia Loves the Internet!

Earlier this year, the Mayor of Tbilisi, Gigi Ugulava, announced a municipal wireless network plan that will cover the entire capital city with free WiFi access before the end of 2012.

Called “Tbilisi Loves You” the free WiFi network is already available in some of the central areas of the city.

Tbilisi will be the first capital city in the world to provide free WiFi access.

According to the Georgian National Communication Commission the number of Internet users in Georgia  passed 1.5 million in 2011 (out of a population of 4.3 million), which is an impressive 49 percent rise from the previous year.

To help ensure that children become computer literate from an early age every first-grade schoolchild in Georgia has been given an XO mini laptop with built-in wireless. Conceived by Nicholas Negraponte and his team at ONE LAPTOP PER CHILD (OLPC), a U.S. non-profit organization, the XO mini-laptop is the size of a small textbook, has built-in wireless, is extremely durable, brilliantly functional, energy-efficient, and fun. It’s also bright green!

Wow!

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15 Responses to “About Development – Georgia Loves the Internet!”
  1. tbnranch says:

    Free wireless? Really??? Lucky you! Yay for all the children too! 🙂

  2. Jodi Stone says:

    Wow is right! I don’t know any kids that age with laptops! LOL I wonder why they would provide free wireless, won’t the service providers be angry that no-one needs their services?

  3. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    That is amazing!!! How wonderful that all the children get a laptop and you all have free Wi-Fi. I like the colorful laptop. Hugs

  4. Free wifi is pawsome for a Caucasian Shepherd who may want to blog while out walking, don’t you think? I hope someone gives Bubba a laptop when she’s in first grade (and maybe a new one for mumma too)!

  5. cool!!! Way to go Georgia! 🙂

    • Some very innovative ideas are being implemented here Chuck, In some ways, it is leading the world with it’s social development program. We think it’s great that every first-grade schoolchild in Georgia has been given an XO mini laptop.

  6. oregonmike98 says:

    This is such a great thing, the internet for better or worse is key in educating children and even adults on the world at large. Part of understanding other cultures is to be able to learn about other countries and cultures from an honest un-biased point of few

  7. tina says:

    hi is there free wifi in tiblisi and if yes how relibe is it? pls keep me informed, tina

  8. Juris says:

    Tbilisi is not the only capital city where free wifi is available, even in Riga (Latvia) it is available in high quality coverage.

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