President Ricardo Martinelli made the announcement on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day and that informed the public that the National Internet Network will be expanded to a thousand points by the end of 2011.
As of right now there are 655 access sites in Panama located in schools, city halls, community clubs, libraries, health centers and hospitals.
More information below (Translated from Spanish) –
Given the importance and impact of this project for the Panamanian people, the President called on Members of Parliament and the Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar to devote more resources to such programs so that all Panamanians can connect to the world directly, through a computer.
|Senacyt Infoplazas 220, located in different regions of the country, will provide the date internet service free for all Panamanians, he announced on Tuesday May 17, the president, Ricardo Martinelli, a program which is considered one of the “most beautiful and interesting of the National Government.”
“We are bridging the digital divide and bringing together all Panamanians to technology through the internet. I recommend all students take advantage of this tool in order to be better citizens, “said Martinelli.
The President, who made the announcement in the context of World Telecommunication and Information Society, well-informed, the National Internet Network will be expanded to a thousand points for the end of 2011. Currently there are 655 access sites in 22 cities, in places containing a large number of people including schools, city halls, community clubs, libraries, health centers and hospitals.
Given the importance and impact of this project in the Panamanian people, the President called on Members of Parliament and Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar devote more resources to such programs for all Panamanians to connect to the world directly, through a computer.
Reported also that before 2014 the citizens can access the service offered by the state in what is called the “E Government (government without papers), a commitment of this administration to be fulfilled, that the Panamanians have access to technology and are at the forefront worldwide.
The 220 Infoplazas are distributed as follows: 61 in Chiriqui, Panama 65 in 33 in Veraguas, 14 Herrera, 12 Cocle, 11 in Los Santos, 5 in Columbus, 5 in Darien, 3 in Bocas del Toro, 2 in Kuna Yala, 2 and 1 Wounaan Emberá in Ngöbe Bugle. These infoplazas are centers of public access to information and knowledge through the use of information, training programs, and Internet access available to facilitate public access to new information technologies and communication, especially for limited resources and are located in areas of difficult access.
Meanwhile, the National Internet Network has more than 120 thousand registered users, who use it regularly to access web pages, email and instant messaging services for free.
During this ceremony, President Martinelli was connected via videoconferencing via Skype to 4 students in the cities of Santiago and David, also in the province of Colon and Panama, who , besides giving her a laptop, they talked about the Free internet ad from the Infoplazas date.
Similarly, it was launching an advertising campaign that seeks to encourage the Panamanians to use Infoplazas and all the advantages they offer.
In this event were: the Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, National Secretary of Science, Technology and Research, Ruben Berrios, the administrator of the National Authority for Government Innovation, Eduardo Jaen, as well as parliamentarians and local authorities.