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Argentine government promises free public access to internet

Thursday, August 26th 2010 - 04:59 UTC
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Planning Minister Julio de Vido Planning Minister Julio de Vido

The Argentine government has said it is working to create areas of free public access to the internet across the country through wireless networks.

'We're going to have extensive areas with free internet,' Planning Minister Julio de Vido said.

President Cristina Kirchner has given instructions to 'work hard' in order to 'install within the next 120 days a strong application of the WiFi system in public places', the minister said.

Installation of the service is quick and easy, De Vido told Radio Continental.

Argentina, according to the latest industry report prepared by the National Statistics and Census Institute, had toward the end of the first quarter 3.9 million residential internet subscribers and 851,162 business subscribers.

In addition, there are 203,213 residential users and 972 business users with free access to the web.

The government announced last week that it was taking away the licence to provide internet services from Fibertel, a unit of the Clarin Group, the third biggest operator in the local market.

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • avargas2001

    freedom comming to Argentina we no longer have to be spoon fed news from a monopoly like el Clarin and La Nacion both with a ulterior motives other then honest reporting, now Argentina can link into any news agency they want to read, however our pesimistic enemyes will have something negative and destructive to say about us, lets now hear the oustider irrelevant criteria of our internal issues, thank you all in advance for coming to waste you time on our issues, we know how important we are to you all.

    Aug 26th, 2010 - 05:42 pm 0
  • Conqueror

    Doesn't matter, gassy. If you don't like the news from non-Argentine sources, you will just block it out.

    But you are right about one thing. You are important to us all. As a glaring example of what not to become!

    Aug 26th, 2010 - 06:53 pm 0
  • fredbdc

    I would think potable water and a sewage system in small towns is more important than internet in BA, but what do I know?

    Aug 27th, 2010 - 08:38 pm 0
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