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Crossing the digital divide

'They only knew about telegrams, now they are using email'

Friday, January 24, 2014 | 5:03 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell, says he is pleased with the number of elderly people using community access points (CAPS) established at schools, libraries, post offices and other facilities across the island.

Paulwell was speaking at the official opening of the Michael Black Business Resource Centre in Rose Town, St. Andrew on Wednesday.

“In every parish, we have these access points, and they serve well, because it is not only designed for young people. This is a facility for all members of the community,” said Paulwell.

“I am so impressed when I go into communities and see the elderly coming out to learn how to send an email, they only knew about telegram; that was the fastest thing they knew about…our lives are being better because of the technology,” the Minister added.

The Michael Black Business Resource Centre was established at a cost of approximately J$3 million and is equipped with 15 computers, and associated equipment such as printers.

The community access points, 163 in total so far, are set up through funding from the Universal Service Fund (USF), a cess on all incoming telephone calls.

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