Updated: 04/04/2014 00:20

Low-income households to get help in bridging digital divide



Low-income households to get help in bridging digital divide

Low-income households will be able to bridge the digital divide with a newly announced fund and an enhanced programme - both offered by the government. 

Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim announced this at his ministry's workplan seminar today. 

The $8 million Digital Inclusion Fund is meant to help households and individuals alike level up in terms of digital technology, as Singapore wires up. 

Targeted households will be able to tap into the fund to get home Internet access and perform digital voice calls. 

Meanwhile, the Neu PC Plus Programme will have its qualifying income cap raised and application process simplified. 

School-going children on financial assistance and persons with disabilities will find it easier to obtain a personal computer and have access to higher broadband speed from June. 

The Media Development Authority will also be designing a new TV Audience Measurement system. 

Dr Yaacob says this will help content carriers and makers better understand the preferences and tastes of the local TV audience. 

On top of this, Dr Yaacob also announced a new reading initiative by the National Library Board or NLB. 

By the end of the year, commuters will be able to download and read eBooks at MRT platforms.

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