Government approves Digital Literacy project which should help low-income groups gain access to the Internet
The Government on Wednesday approved a Digital Literacy project that should give people from low-income groups access to the Internet. The project, put forward by the Labour and Social Affairs Ministry, will cost around seven billion crowns to be covered partly by the state and partly from EU funds.
The project should cost over seven billion crowns to be spent over the next five years. The money will partly come from state coffers and will partly be covered from EU funds. The plan envisages lower internet rates for people from low-income groups. As of 2017 operators should start charging them lower prices for Internet access and the state should compensate them for their losses. The subsidy would be along similar lines as that currently being paid out to people with a health handicap who get 200 crowns a month to help cover their phone bills. The subsidy is drawn by about 50,000 people and the Czech Telecommunications Office pays the money to their operators. The Labour Ministry is also planning to secure computers for symbolic prices or entirely for free for those who can’t afford them.