From Antigua, an example of a telcom leading an initiative to increase Internet usage amongst students. Digicel, in partnership with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, announced details of a new initiative which will deliver broadband internet service for free to communities and schools across the twin-island nation.

A Blueprint for the “Technology for Communication, Education and Empowerment” initiative which will provide free broadband connectivity via WiFi access to 3,000 homes and 5,000 secondary school children is provided:

... to provide community computer access centres in 12 secondary schools, which will include the physical infrastructure as well as the furniture and air-conditioning.  Each of these community access centres will accommodate at least 20 students.

Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr Edmond Mansoor said that, “in building a truly Intelligent Nation, the Government is working towards ensuring that every home and every office is equipped with a personal computer and high-speed Internet.”

In our part of the world, such initiatives will play a crucial role in exposing the large segments of the community to using broadband Internet. Such an initiative is invited and welcomed here in the Pacific. We hope to see Digicel embark on such an initiative in the near future.