Lebanese uproar for Faster Internet Connections

28Mar11

 

You can keep track of the movement on twitter by following the hashtag: #FlipTheSwitch.

Many thanks to our colleague Samer at BloggingBeirut.com

Perhaps we’re the first to call for it, but surely not the first to think about it…
We are calling for a Mass Demonstration on April 17 at 10 AM at the root of the SOLUTION, at the IMEWE Internet Cable Trunk in Tripoli, North Lebanon.

1. In light of the fact that Lebanon has the capacity to increase its Internet capacity by 100x with the flip of a switch. (link)
2. In light of the fact that this increased Internet capacity has been paid for and has been available since 2009. (link)
3. In light of the fact that political bickering is the ONLY reason this fast Internet switch has not been flipped.
4. In light of the fact that this constant and continuous political bickering has pushed Lebanon to the bottom of the ‘connected’ countries list.
5. In light of the fact that slow Internet services have made us regionally uncompetitive, falling significantly behind both Syria & Jordan.

6. In light of the fact that slow Internet has negatively impacted economic growth and limited diversification away from banking, tourism & real-estate.
7. In light of the fact that slow Internet services and high costs are in the Top 5 most talked about topics in Lebanon.
8. In light of the fact that all previous – non-demonstration – efforts, including petitions & lobbying have failed.

 

We are calling for a Mass Demonstration on April 17 at 10 AM at the root of the SOLUTION, at the IMEWE Internet Cable Trunk in Tripoli, North Lebanon, where Lebanon IS connected to the rest of the world at 100x the current Internet capacity.

We own the fiber, our tax dollars have paid for it, why not demonstrate to get access to it?

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