Government ministries of education should follow this emerging technology closely. Key events are planned for November 17, 2005, when the first working prototype is to be presented at the World Summit on the Information Society, and late 2006, when mass production is to begin. If the OLPC corporation can deliver a product with the projected benefits at a price near the $100 price point, the value of the benefits clearly justifies the cost. The device replaces textbook costs, improves the education of the future workforce, contributes to public welfare, and offers opportunities to conduct general government functions at lower transaction costs.
Initial implementation should involve a "low end" order of one million units, and these first laptops should be allocated to progressive school districts most eager to succeed in implementation. If the device proves itself as reliable and beneficial, funding for additional units should be a high priority, because of the cost benefits for the schools and the educational benefits for the children and the nation.
The government should partner with interested parties in the industry (perhaps Google and/or News Corp.) to increase Wi-Fi coverage in the areas adopting the laptop program, both as an incentive and as a multiplier of the effectiveness of the program. Additional partnerships should be sought to maximize the quality of the localized media and software available for use with the laptops in the schools.
The government should multiply the benefits of the OLPC implementation by fostering both free and commercial activities on the internet which will reach and empower the school children's families. Government agencies can share health and well being information and conduct business online, private individuals and groups can build local web sites of interest, and efficiently run businesses can compete to provide good value to wider markets.