Countries with Surprisingly Poor Internet Access

The internet is the biggest game-changers in recent times. It is hard to find entire countries that have zero access to it because all of them have come to rely on it in varying capacities. In times where access to the internet has become a basic necessity, there are countries that have given their citizen restricted internet access.

As informed netizens, we should explore both ends of any stick, both extremes of a spectrum. Recently, we talked about countries that have government approved free access to Wi-Fi. Today, we will take a look at some countries that surprisingly have limited access to the internet.

Internet in Belarus

This Eastern European country (part of the erstwhile USSR) didn’t even have broadband until 2006. For 15 years after their independence, they had no internet. Only their capital city, Minsk has a proper internet connection with rural places having limited access.

Internet in China

China has the largest population of internet users in the world. The government in China has taken extreme measures to monitor the internet activity of its citizens. Authorities block website content and have implemented more than 60 stringent internet regulations. Many popular foreign websites are blocked. Many domestic websites discussing specific events in the country are blocked. Such oversight has greatly restricted internet access in the country.

Internet in Egypt

Under the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, the internet access of users was not censored. However, the user’s internet activity was being tracked in order to identify critics of the regime. When the political landscape in Egypt changed, stringent measures were implemented and most of the internet was sealed off to the general public completely. More than 60 websites are currently banned in Egypt.

Internet in Vietnam

The government in Vietnam has blocked internet access. Websites critical of the government are banned. Information pertaining to overseas political scenarios, religious content and international human rights is also restricted in the country. The authorities constantly monitor cyber cafes to weed out dissidents of the state.

The common reasons for poor internet access in countries are associated with the political landscape of the country. There are places on the globe which still have a long way to go. Even now, half of the world’s population, that’s 3.5 billion people still don’t have access to the internet and the benefits it offers to its users.

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