Nepalese who connects 150 villages to Internet honoured by “Internet Hall of Fame”
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 9, 2014
HONGKONG, APR 08 A Nepalese educator who modernised more than 150 Nepalese villages by connecting them to the wireless Internet has been honoured and introduced into the Internet Hall of Fame in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
Mr Mahabir Pun spent more than a decade providing wireless Internet services to villages which had lacked even a telephone service, opening up access to education, commerce and health care.
“I am a strong advocate of a free Internet, I want the Internet to be available to people living under the poverty line,” Mr Pun told AFP in an interview in Hong Kong , where the Internet Hall of Fame held its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday.
Mr Pun was inspired by the Internet in the US, where he studied for university in the early 1990s, and was able to connect his native village of Nangi using television dishes and homemade antennas in 2002.
The Internet Hall of Fame is a virtual museum that celebrates the living history of the Internet and the individuals whose extraordinary contributions have made the Internet, its worldwide availability and use, and its transformative nature possible.
American Ambassador to Nepal Nancy J Powell honoring Mahabir Pun, the recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magasaysay Award, in a programme felicitating 26 social leaders for their special contribution in the field of social development in Nepal, organised by Antenna Foundation in Kathmandu, Wednesday, Jul 02 09
Images: Mahabir Pun