Panamanian government aims for universal internet access by 2012

14 Aug 2008

BNamericas is reporting that the Panamanian government has guaranteed internet access for all citizens by 2012. Panama’s innovation minister Gaspar Tarte announced the plans during the signing of the bill that requires all telecommunications firms to set aside 1% of earnings for connectivity projects in the country. It is understood that upgrades to existing internet infrastructure and the building of subsidised internet centres aimed at low-income residents are among the likely schemes that may be funded by the money raised. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, broadband subscriber figures in Panama were estimated at 119,300 at the end of 2007, representing a penetration of 3.6%.