From EDUCAUSE Review:
Although the Internet has become an essential tool in education, the World Wide Web is not a global phenomenon — many students in the developing world have little to no access to it. When they do access the Internet, download speeds can be painfully slow because of limited infrastructure in their home countries. To address this problem of access to information, hundreds of colleges and universities in underserved areas have adopted off-line libraries that store millions of digital educational resources for instructors and students.
The eGranary Digital Library provides more than 30 million educational resources via a local area network, without accessing the Internet.
For countries with low literacy rates, high costs for Internet access, and other hurdles hampering students and educators, this “Internet in a Box” helps fill the gap between Internet use in developing and developed countries.
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