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Wi-Fi hotspots established in major town centres

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Daryl Vaz, says with nine public Wi-Fi hotspots established in major town centres across the island, Jamaica is on its way to becoming a digital society.

Speaking at a recent launch of the public facility in May Pen, Clarendon, Vaz said the provision of Wi-Fi hotspots is part of “our mission” to ensure that all Jamaicans have access to the Internet and forms a “significant part of transforming Jamaica to a truly digital society”.

“We see the provision of Internet as a public good, one in which citizens can have access to both the services of government, and other providers, in order to fulfil their various needs,” the minister told his audience, adding that demand for Internet access is steadily growing.

Public Wi-Fi hotspots have been established in Kingston and St Andrew, Manchester, St Elizabeth, St James, St Catherine, and Clarendon.

By the end of the year, others are expected to be established in Ocho Rios in St Ann; Annotto Bay in St Mary; Chapelton in Clarendon; and Port Antonio in Portland.

The hotspots are funded by the Universal Service Fund (USF).

According to the ministry, more than 300 community access points (CAPs) have been established, with computers and Internet provision.

The ministry also a number of public facilities, schools, health centres, and police stations have also equipped with Internet access.

Vaz argued that Internet service has the “power to drive economic growth and contribute to our overall development, produce tangible products and services, which can enable us to grow the Jamaican economy”.

He also called on users of the public facilities to exercise caution with information that they give over the Internet, as fraudsters will seek to exploit this.

The minister said the public Wi-Fi hotspots are established for “your convenience and development” and they must be used with care.

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