According to UNESCO, more than 95% of the world's population uses radio. That high figure probably says it all, but to put it in even more perspective, this is compared to roughly one-third of the global population having access to Internet at all (let alone reliable or high-speed connections).
As of 2010, at least 75% of households in developing countries have access to a radio, while only 20.5% of households in developing nations have access to the Internet.
Just because Turkmenistan is far it ought to be near to the participants in this Congress. Given the immensity of our federative country, which includes Turkmenistan – a land covering five to six hundred thousand versts, bigger than Germany, bigger than France, bigger than any European State, a land where the population is scattered among oases, where there are no roads – given these conditions, radio-communication might have been expressly invented for the benefit of Turkmenistan, to link it with us.
The invention of the radio-telegraph and radio-telephone might have occurred especially to convince the bilous sceptics among us of the unlimited possibilities inherent in science and technique, to show that all the achievements that science has registered so far are only a brief introduction to what awaits us in the future.
IT IS the task of science and technique to make matter subject to man, together with space and time, which are inseparable from matter.
How is a country transformed into a single economic and cultural whole? By means of communications: railways, steamships, postal services, the telegraph and the telephone – and now radio-telegraphy and radio-telephone. How do we stand in these fields?
We cannot seriously talk about socialism without having in mind the transformation of the country into a single whole, linked together by means of all kinds of communications.
The Turkmenian peasants who are raising cotton must be linked with the textile workers of Ivanovo-Voznesensk and Moscow and also with the revolutionary proletariat of Europe. A network of radio receiving stations must be established in our country such as will make it possible for our peasants to live the life of the working people of Europe and the whole world, to participate in it from day to day. It is necessary that on that day when the workers of Europe take possession of the radio stations, when the proletariat of France take over the Eiffel Tower and announce from its summit in all the languages of Europe that they are the masters of France (Applause), that on that day and hour not only the workers of our cities and industries but also the peasants of our remotest villages, may be able to reply to the call of the European workers: “Do you hear us?” – “We hear you, brothers, and we will help you!” (Applause) Siberia will help with fats, grain and raw materials, the Kuban and the Don with grain and meat, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan will contribute their cotton. This will show that our radio-communications have brought nearer the transformation of Europe into a single economic organization. The development of a radio-telegraphic network is, among so many other things, a preparation for the moment when the people of Europe and Asia shall be united in a Soviet Union of Socialist Peoples.
The military general chairing the state run TV and radio has been replaced by a technocrat.
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