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New Digital Inclusion Fund for the poor to be funded by fines imposed on telcos

Published on Apr 3, 2014 3:29 PM
 

Monies collected from fines such as the record $1.5 million imposed on M1 for its mobile outage in January last year will soon be channelled to helping low-income families access the Internet.

Announcing this on Thursday, Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim said the money, including possible top-ups from the Government, is part of a new $8 million Digital Inclusion (DI) Fund to be rolled out in the second half of this year.

The fund will target some 6,000 low-income households that do not have school-going children as the latter is assisted under another scheme, which will also be enhanced.

"For individuals and households, the DI Fund will help them level up and enjoy the benefits that come with advancements in digital technology as Singapore prepares to wire up as a smart nation," said Dr Yaacob.

 
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