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Mexico's troubled telecom reforms

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>> For many in rural Mexico, this is a bit of a novelty. But thanks in part to recent telecommunications reforms, many rural Mexicans are, for the first time, able to call and text from home. Reuters correspondent Christine Murray traveled out to this hillside village in Oaxaca to investigate.
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>> After years of being ignored by big mobile operators, the town is finally connected. But the network still faces big challenges.>> Mexico started the process of breaking up its telecom monopoly and granted licenses to co-operatives in five of its poorest states, including Oaxaca. But many still can't lock on to a signal.
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>> What we find is that to get Internet up here is also something that people know how to do. But they struggle to find affordable Internet in the city.>> In fact, most indigenous groups still rely on two-way radios or pricey landline services. And yet here in Santa Maria Yaviche, they're getting creative.
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> We were able to set up the collective mobile phone system, putting up an antenna with bamboo using annealed wire. And at that moment we found that 500 mobile phones detected the system.>> That kind of ingenuity may ultimately be what it takes to bring about the kind of connectivity national leaders in Mexico had hoped for.