Call for universal broadband access

6 Jun 2007

BNamericas reports that a Brazilian congressman has called on the government to devise a plan for universal broadband access. At the Telebrasil conference in the northeastern town of Costa do Sauípe, in Bahia state, congressman Jorge Bittar of the Workers’ Party spoke in support of tapping the universal access fund Fust to distribute high speed internet to the neediest parts of Brazil. Fust, which to date has accumulated some BRL6 billion (USD3.1 billion), was established in January 2001 to finance telecoms access to low-income groups, schools, hospitals, libraries and remote locations. ‘The union should supply part of the resources and the states and municipalities should implement the projects,’ said Bittar.

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