Hundreds of households to receive low-cost internet connection in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Cherish Kyeyune | Posted on May 2, 2020
The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is providing subsidised internet access for EC$10 per month to 680 households for two years. This is the second SMART project, which is being funded by the NTRC’s Universal Service Fund (USF).
In March, the NTRC signed a contract with Flow to provide the subsidised internet service. The SMART project also includes an associate degree program in cybersecurity at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, and distributing computers to schools and households. The NTRC plans to distribute over 600 computers to schools based on the needs and number of students.
In addition, under this project, individuals can be funded to complete online courses on popular online platforms such as Coursera and Udemy.
The second SMART project, which costs EC$2.8 million, is expected to last five years and will take place in two phases. Each phase will be divided into 340 households, each paying $10 per month for internet service. The NTRC will pay the remainder of the cost to receive internet connection for the two years, under the USF.
The requirements to receive subsidised internet access are as follows:
- In the last two years, the household must not have had access to the internet.
- The household must have access to a desktop, laptop, or tablet.
- Households with the following students will be given priority:
- Students in Grade 6
- Students in Forms 4 and 5
- Students enrolled in courses at St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College
- Students enrolled in online teaching courses.
To be qualified, a form must be filled out with the required information. Forms can be obtained from the NTRC office located on the second floor of the NIS Building or on the NTRC’s website.
Cherish is a 19-year old writer based in Gros Islet, St. Lucia. In 2018 she graduated from Castries Comprehensive Secondary School, then took a break from school and rekindled her love for writing and art. During this time, she volunteered at a veterinary lab and interned at The Voice Publishing Co., where she wrote and proofread articles for the weekly newspaper and website. As a life-long resident of the Caribbean, she loves the beach and the ocean, and one day hopes to sail the world. She thinks STEM is intriguing because it teaches us how entities around the world work.