Nortel’s bankruptcy means fewer poverty-stricken kids around the world will get computers that could make their lives better.
The telecommunications giant had to pull its sponsorship of a program called One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), which supplied inexpensive laptops to kids in Third World nations. Those computers had enough juice to connect to the Internet and give the kids a glimpse at a world they’d never known.
The organization that runs OLPC says there are no major sponsorship plans waiting in the wings. Nortel’s financial contribution was particularly significant in R&D. The company reportedly supplied researchers and scientists to the project.