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Point Hill, St Catherine residents get free Wi-Fi

Published:Monday | August 8, 2022 | 11:38 AM
The USF, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, has commissioned hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots and Community Access Points across Jamaica and is executing projects valued at over $1.2 billion for the current financial year. -Contributed photo.

Residents in the St Catherine community of Point Hill now have access to a free secured Wi-Fi hotspot, installed by the Universal Service Fund (USF).

Member of Parliament for St Catherine West Central, Dr Christopher Tufton, told the residents that they have an opportunity to further enhance their development with proper use of the technology.

“We are empowering communities by easing the burden of expenditure on you so that you can have technology access, and that is a very positive development for the community because it is bridging the inequality gap. Those who couldn't afford Wi-Fi now have access,” he said while speaking at the commissioning service on August 4.

Noting that the “empowering tool” is for everybody in the area, Tufton argued that the facility is the “gateway to the world” and it must be used for information and for the “right reason”.

Tufton, who is also the Minister of Health and Wellness, noted that he will be building on the opportunity provided by the system, such as the setting up of a supervised area for students to do research at the nearby resource centre.

Marketing and Public Relations Manager at the USF, Okema Hamilton, said the objectives of establishing the hotspots islandwide are the expansion in computer literacy for residents, improved performance by students, creation of opportunities, and the acquisition of “valuable skills” by persons.

“All these free Internet facilities, once utilised for their intended purpose, can assist with improving your lives. Make use of the facilities provided as the USF continues to increase the accessibility, affordability and availability of Internet technology to communities,” Hamilton said.

For her part, Vice President of the Point Hill Community Development Committee, Anna-Kim Williams, said children will be able to go to a safe area at the community centre and do their homework and complete projects, while farmers can use the facility to research the latest technology to boost their farming.

The USF, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, has commissioned hundreds of Wi-Fi hotspots and Community Access Points (CAPs) across Jamaica and is executing projects valued at over $1.2 billion for the current financial year.

- JIS News

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