Land Of Ancient Ways And The Internet

Tandin Dorjie seems an unlikely cable-TV mogul. He owns just three satellite dishes hooked up inside a simple wooden shed. He serves only about 70 subscribers in the placid Bumthang Valley of central Bhutan. At this point, he hopes to wire up hundreds more after the fall potato crop comes in and local farmers are, at least by local standards, flush with cash. But Dorjie, a 43-year-old auto mechanic, may eventually have the same sort of revolutionary impact on this rustic Himalayan community that CNN founder Ted Turner had on American viewers.

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