Technology to Reach Masses in Jamaica



amaican Commerce and Technology MinisterPhillip Paulwell, has developed an initiative that will establish60 internet centers across the country by 2010.  The centerswill be located mostly in post offices and are directed atcommunities that continue to operate on what he called “theoutskirts of the communications revolution.” 


The government says it will spend $5 millionto provide free internet access to poor communities on the islandwhere less that five percent of Jamaica’s 2.6 million people usethe Internet.  Eventually, people will be able to use thecenters to conduct online transactions like paying traffic finesand making national insurance payments, Paulwell said. 


The project, which will also be funded by theInter-American Development Bank, also includes Internet trainingscholarships for 900 people.