Intel Chairman Unveils The World's Most Remote Digital City
Amazon Effort Marks Global Movement to Bring Technology to the Next Billion People
PARINTINS, Brazil, Sept. 20, 2006 - In one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth, the Amazon, Intel Corporation has created a wireless, high-speed Internet network for residents to access vast resources of medical, educational and commercial knowledge through computers. The project is part of the Intel World Ahead Program, an initiative in which Intel plans to invest more than $US 1 billion globally over the next 5 years to accelerate access to computers, the Internet and technology for people in developing communities.
The digital transformation of Parintins, a town on an island in the Amazon River, is expected to improve the healthcare and education of its 114,000 residents and advance the lives of future generations.
"Technology has expanded what is possible in Parintins," said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett at a dedication ceremony today in the Amazon rain forest. "It is now a place where wireless broadband links to the Internet bring the expertise of specialists, sophisticated medical imaging and the world's libraries to a community reachable only by airplane or boat." READ MORE...