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  • A 16-unit computer centre, complete with full Internet access, has been established in the Community of Airy Castle in rural St. Thomas.
  • The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to Internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for schoolwork.
  • It will make a difference in the lives of residents, several of whom had to travel as far as Morant Bay to access internet service.

A 16-unit computer centre, complete with full Internet access, has been established in the Community of Airy Castle in rural St. Thomas.

The facility, set up through the Universal Service Fund (USF) at a cost of $3.8 million, will provide easier access to Internet service for residents, and enable students to carry out research for schoolwork.

It will make a difference in the lives of residents, several of whom had to travel as far as Morant Bay to access internet service.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, who spoke at the official opening of the Airy Castle Community Computer Centre on November 13, said that the Government is ensuring that all Jamaicans have access to information technology.

“We are making sure that our people have the latest in technology and that our youngsters and seniors become a part of this information age. It excites me because I know that this is going to make this a better community, a better society and a better country,” he said.

Minister Paulwell informed that the centre will operate as a community access point with full Wi-Fi capabilities.

“So now you can bring your own devices. The Government has removed duties on computers and smartphones, so you can bring them and log on to the world of the Internet,” he noted.

The Airy Castle facility comprises 16 new computers, a server, local area network, printers, furniture, projection equipment, power support, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Chief Executive Officer of the USF, Hugh Cross, encouraged students and community members to take ownership of the facility and ensure its proper use, and to guard the equipment provided.

“So, you don’t have to go to Morant Bay anymore. You can pay your bills, transact business and even apply for your American visa.  I’m encouraging you to use it and to encourage your other community members to use it and use it wisely,” he urged.

 

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