Internet Access For All

The Government of Jamaica is dedicated to ensuring universal access to Internet services through programs like Connect Jamaica, Community Wi-Fi Initiative, and Community Access Points. Minister Daryl Vaz highlighted efforts to provide connectivity to vulnerable groups like Persons with Disabilities, emphasizing the importance of digital inclusion for all in the country.

The Government of Jamaica is resolute to provide universal access to Internet services. The thrust is being realised through the Connect Jamaica (Public Wi-Fi) programme; Community Wi-Fi Initiative; and the Community Access Points programme.

While making his contribution to the 2022/2023 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, Hon. Daryl Vaz, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology said the Universal Service Fund (USF) is on a mission to enable a digital society, through universal access to the Internet and digital inclusion. 

Regarding Persons with Disability, the Minister noted that through the USF, connectivity has been provided so far to three sites to support the community. They are;  The McCam Child Care and Development Centre, Salvation Army School for the Blind, and at the Portmore Self-Help Disability Organization.

“The vulnerable and Persons with Disability must also be given the tools to thrive in this digital society. Their connectivity to support educational and business pursuits is, therefore, a must,” he said.