State to invest USD353 million in digital inclusion programme

16 Oct 2006

The Brazilian government has revealed plans to invest BRL755 million (USD353 million) by 2010 in the country’s digital inclusion programme for low-income communities, writes BNamericas citing local newspaper reports. The government has short-listed seven projects from an original list of 27, designed to enable people on low incomes or public institutions and schools to access telecoms services and the internet. The investment will be given in two parts and will be provided from Brazil’s universal access fund, Fust. The first payment of BRL512 million will go towards delivering access for healthcare centres and schools. The second sum of BRL245 million will be pumped into broadband access projects.