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More Jamaicans To Have Access To Free Wi-Fi

KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 20, 2017 (CMC) – More Jamaicans are to benefit from free Wi-Fi access, at four additional locations across three parishes, under the USFConnectJA project.

This was disclosed by Technology Minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, during his contribution to the 2017/2018 Sectoral Debate in Parliament, earlier this week.

He said the new locations for free Wi-Fi will be St. William Grant Park and Olympic Way in the Corporate Area; Junction in the southern parish of St. Elizabeth; and Mandeville in central parish of Manchester.

USFConnectJA was launched, late last year, by the Universal Service Fund (USF), in an effort to provide greater and easier access to broadband Internet service for all citizens across the island.

Wheatley said the initiative is expected to fuel the government’s plan of creating a knowledge-based society, by removing any barrier that currently exists for citizens who may be unable to afford connectivity.

Public Wi-Fi networks have already been installed at two locations in the Corporate Area – Devon House and Mandela Park – at a cost of more than J$4 million.

Wheatley also disclosed that the Data Protection Act is expected to be laid before Parliament for debate, within another three months.

The Data Protection Act will safeguard, in general, the privacy of individuals in relation to personal data, as well as govern the collection, regulation, processing, keeping, use and disclosure of certain information in physical or electronic form.

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