29 Sep '14, 3am

Internet and tablet for the poor at $6/month? That’s where Singapore telco fines are going

Internet and tablet for the poor at $6/month? That’s where Singapore telco fines are going

When 2013 ended, Singapore was leading the region in terms of internet penetration at 75 percent. Now, the government is looking to close the gap with the launch of a S$10 million (US$8 million) Digital Inclusion Fund yesterday. According to TODAYonline , the money has been set aside so that around 8,000 low-income households can have access to internet connectivity. Interestingly, it was reported that the initiative will be funded by fines levied on local telcos. The fund will go towards supporting the Home Access program, in which households that earn less than S$1,900 (US$1,500) per month will be eligible for a basic computing device, as well as fibre broadband internet access for just S$6 (US$5) a month over a period of four years. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore reportedly said that about 5,000 households would immediately pre-qualify for Home Access a...

Full article: http://www.techinasia.com/telco-fines-fund-the-poor/

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