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Haiti Quake: Keeping Haiti's Internet Alive

With lives in the balance and medicine in short supply, the internet could seem like an afterthought in Haiti. But Paolo Chilosi, who runs Multilink, a leading internet provider in Haiti, says the net is as vital as food and water. Using generators powered by gas and solar and a little help from Cisco Systems, which flew in a team of engineers by helicopter this week, Chilosi is getting crucial institutions like banks, radio stations and the office of President René Préval (who the world has been waiting to hear from) back online.

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Haiti Quake: Improvisation Amid the Chaos

After suffering the worst earthquake in a century, the scale of Haiti's devastation is still unfolding. The nation has no electricity, cell phone coverage and land lines are down, but Paolo Chilosi, who runs Multilink, an internet provider in Port-Au-Prince, is keeping the internet running with solar power and batteries.

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