Tech Companies Struggle to Get World on Internet

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Google and Facebook are scrambling to reach billions of people still without Web access, but the Internet’s expansion is actually slowing

When Sumarni, a 39-year-old woman in a rural village in Indonesia, first cradled a smartphone in her hand about two years ago, her reaction was “bingung,” the word for “confused” in Indonesian.

As she looked at the Android phone’s sleek, black surface, she asked herself: “Where are the buttons?” She was wary of holding it, since the smartphone was worth far more than her monthly income of roughly $60 from selling crackers and potato…

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