Internet thrives in post Saddam Iraq
Moving Baghdad into cyberspace has been a feat of free- market ingenuity.
Perhaps the hardest part is electricity. Much of Baghdad had electricity for 12-18 hours a day before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Most neighborhoods now get electricity from the grid for just four to six hours a day.
It means ordinary people have to know their ohms from their amperes and their megabits from their kilohertz.
Most middle class households now have cables snaking down the street to a neighborhood "generator man" who gives them diesel-generated power for a monthly fee of about $10 per ampere. Six or seven amperes are usually enough for a computer, a TV and a fridge. An air conditioner costs more.
A neighborhood Internet cafe will sell a subscription for wireless Wi-Fi access to its satellite broadband hookup for about $40 a month.
Most Iraqis have only experienced the Internet since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.