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Brazzil.com: Brazil, a Stone in Microsoft's Shoes

Mar 08, 2004, 20:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Émerson Luís)

"Data from Brazil's Education Ministry and IBGE (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatísticaâ€"Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) reveal that 10 years after the Internet became popular in the First World, 92 percent of all 180,000 public schools in Brazil have no access to the Internet. Worse yet, half of these don't have even a telephone line.

"In an effort to make up for lost time, the Brazilian government now wants to put in place a program that would democratize Internet and bring it to the masses in the schools. Strangely enough, a program created to spread the Internet throughout Brazil, the Fust (Fundo de Universalização dos Serviços de Comunicaçãoâ€"Fund for the Universalization of Communication Services) has money that hasn't been used due to bureaucratic snags.

"The main problem seems to be the price of the software, read Microsoft software. Pedro Jaime Ziller, the president of Anatel (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicaçõesâ€"Telecommunications National Agency) once again has stressed Lula's administration's position in favor of open source software..."

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