No subsidies for those still on contract

Recently, the Government rolled out a plan to provide low-income families with subsidies to acquire basic home fibre broadband at $6 a month ("Crack team to back 'smart nation'"; April 10).

However, upon inquiry, I was advised by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the administering agency, that existing contractees should let their contracts run their full term before signing up for the scheme.

As an existing M1 contractee, I consulted M1 as to the switch, but was similarly advised.

In this day and age, access to the Internet has become a necessity rather than a luxury, and the aid goes a long way.

However, the affected group still has to pay the hefty amount of $39 a month (for up to two years) before they can enjoy the subsidy.

Dennis Tan Seow Koon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2015, with the headline 'No subsidies for those still on contract'. Subscribe