In these days of global financial meltdown, it's comforting to know that some people are working on ways to reduce internet costs.
Professor Marcelo Zuffo of the the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has invented a solar-powered wifi access point that works right out of the box.
Fantastic, right? Yes, unless you live in Ireland. Hopefully someone will invent a rain-powered wi-fi point...
Seriously though, Zuffo's invention may help bridge the global digital divide:
Prof Zuffo believes the self-contained unit will prove popular with schools that lack a reliable electricity source to power access points or computers that students can use to surf the web.