For 80% of humanity, the Internet as we know it does not exist, so we built a new way to share information.

 

 

Think of how slowly your cell phone receives (or doesn't receive) data when you've gone hiking or been on a subway and you have felt the problem over 4.3 billion people face. 

For most people, data is too expensive, too slow, or coverage does not exist at all. 

Remember old televisions you bought with an antennae and when you turned them on you just got channels for free? That's kind of like how Outernet works, but with digital content from the web instead of television shows.

 


Global Coverage

Humanity's Public Library is broadcast on seven satellites at 1 GB/day and to Europe and Africa at 100 GB/day plus a TV channel.

No subscriptions

No account creation, no recurring fees, no hassle. Just plug in an Outernet receiver and begin see data in seconds.

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Easy to use

Hundreds of millions of dishes already point at our satellites to receive TV, so receiving Outernet is easy. If not, we have built a satellite meter into our software, simplifying the dish pointing process.

Outernet in the Press:

Lighthouse puts every child on Earth within reach of an education.

 

The Outernet multicast includes the collections of Khan Academy, Wikimedia projects (including Wikipedia), Project Gutenberg, the Open Education Consortium, and much more.

Lighthouse stores the information it receives from Outernet on its internal drive. Teachers and students can connect to the Lighthouse Wi-Fi signal to browse the content.

Lighthouse is like a Wi-Fi router mixed with a hard drive where pieces of the Internet get stored. Teachers can select what content from Outernet gets saved on Lighthouse, so that those pieces are perfect for a classroom setting. Lighthouse can also be connected to an existing school server and Wi-Fi or LAN network.

 

 

Share Content Locally

Add content to Lighthouse and make it available over Lighthouses's Wi-Fi to everyone or to just a few people. Students can turn in homework digitally or a school can add courseware its already using to Lighthouse.

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Decide What Is Shared

Outernet's multicast is publicly editable, so a school or teacher can use WhatsApp or Twitter to request specific material or more of a genre, like "Algebra lesson plans in Hindi." We are currently building out this process here.

Exceptional Content:

 

There are so many great ways to use Lighthouse.

Lighthouse can enable information access in refugee camps, disaster recovery, rural communities, home and businesses, and more.

“For 60 percent of the world’s population, regular internet access is about as common as flying cars.”
Gizmodo

"60% of humanity" is a huge number and hard to visualize. We break it down in this 1:59 video.

The Internet is the most powerful information tool on Earth, but it is a luxury only a few of us can enjoy. In developing markets, Internet connections often do not exist outside major cities and most mobile data plans are expensive and slow.

We support any effort to make the Internet more accessible. However, extending infrastructure to reach most people is costly, decades away, and the recurring data fees accompanying it will still be too expensive for most. 

Outernet is a new way to distribute data independently of the Internet that addresses many of the problems with conventional data access in developing markets.

 

Unlocked

You do not need Outernet-branded equipment to download our data. We support local manufacturing of compatible receivers.

Compatible

Outernet works inside of a browser, so no additional software is required for enjoying Outernet content.

Anonymous

Because Outernet receivers are not connected to a central grid and do not transmit any data, user behavior stays completely private.

 

Always Free

There is no fee of any kind to receive Outernet data.

Decentralized

There is no account creation process, so no need for things like address verification. We're not formal, which is best for places with mostly informal systems. 

Works Anywhere

City, village, mountains, desert... you can receive Outernet anywhere you can see the sky.

Large Files

Poor networks and the cost of data can make video and other rich media impractical. With Outernet, that content is now within reach.

Publicly Edited

Having people from around the world helping select the best content from the web assures Outernet is relevant to a diverse audience.

"2G will remain the dominant technology in many lower income countries for a number of years to come..." 

The Mobile Economy 2014 Report, GSMA

Buy from Outernet, build your own, or upgrade your existing hardware.

 

Lighthouse

Lantern

DIY Kit

Android App

 

Cost:

Data Service:

Fixed: 1 GB/day

Mobile: 10 MB/day

Satellite Dish:

Availability:

$99

Fixed 

X

 

Required

For Sale

$199

Fixed & Mobile 

X

X

Optional

November, 2015

$35 - $135

Fixed

X

 

Required

For Sale

Free

Fixed

X

 

Required

September, 2015


OS:

Weight:

Dimensions:

Internal Storage:

Power:

Battery?

     Solar Panels?

Wi-Fi Range:

Max Number of Client Devices: 

Librarian

170 grams

18x13.25x3.5 cm 

4 GB

Outlet 12V/2A

No

No

50 ft.

5

Librarian

In Development

In Development

4 GB or 16 GB

9V/2A (target)

Yes

Yes

20 ft. (target)

In Development

Librarian

Variable

Variable

Variable

Outlet 12V/2A

No

No

N/A

Varies by dongle

Android

This app lets an Android-based TV set-top box receive Outernet data. Functionality depends on the specifications of the set-top box.

 

 


 

You can read more about Outernet hardware in our wiki or ask a question in our forum.