By Demion McTair Updated 5:57 p.m., Wednesday, 15 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) will be offering 680 households in St. Vincent and the Grenadines the opportunity to access internet connection under the USF SMART Project.
In a statement today (April 15), the NTRC said “Installations will be done in two phases. For the first phase, 340 households will receive internet connection for a period of two years at a cost of $10.00 per month”.
“Following this, the second phase will be implemented in which another 340 households will receive internet connection for a period of two years at a cost of $10.00 per month” – the statement added.
The rest of the statement from the regulatory body reads as follows:
For persons who wish to apply for Subsidized Internet, please note that the Households who will qualify to apply for the subsidy under this project are as follows:
(1) The household must have no previous monthly Broadband access (Fixed or Wireless) within the last 2 years.
(2) The household must have access to a desktop, laptop or tablet.
(3) Households with the following students will be given priority:
• Students in Grade 6 in primary schools
• Students in Forms 4 and 5 in secondary schools
• Students enrolled in courses at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College
• Students enrolled in online/distance teaching courses
To be eligible to receive the Subsidized Internet, a form must be filled out with the required information. Forms can be obtained at the NTRC’s Office located on the Second Floor of the NIS Building.
Please note that the NTRC will review all applications and make a selection based on requirements above.