Meet a man who wants to bring the Toms Shoes model to broadband

by tech on July 15, 2014
Photo by Mr. Vi/Thinkstock

Photo by Mr. Vi/Thinkstock

Kosta Grammatis, who believes that broadband is a fundamental human right that should be available to all, has a new startup and business model. The startup, Oluvus, buys bandwidth from an undisclosed telco and then offers a free mobile phone service to the U.S. The hope is that people will shell out for extra services and fund broadband services for other parts of the world. The model reminds me of Toms Shoes, where each purchased pair of shoes pays for a pair for a needy child. Whether or not Grammatis succeeds, the Wired article detailing his efforts and failures is worth a read.

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