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Remote Greek Islands, Students May Get Free Internet Access

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The Greek government is considering plans to offer remote island communities, students and people with special needs free or subsidized Internet access.

The plan was announced on Monday by outgoing minister Christos Spirtzis as he handed his ministry’s portfolio to incoming minister Nikos Pappas, who takes over the newly established Digital Policy, Media and Telecommunications Ministry.

tablet_beachThe plan currently under examination includes providing some 30,000 residents on 30 remote islands free broadband services. Eligibility will depend on income criteria. Additionally, offering subsidized broadband connections for approximately 50,000 first-year college or university students depending on income.

The aim is for mobile Internet access via USB stick to cost 5 euros per month  for each recipient with the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) covering 3 euros of the cost.

Individuals with disabilities or socially vulnerable groups will also be entitled to free or subsidized broadband connections.

Meanwhile, pay TV platforms OTE TV and Nova are looking into offering free access to their services to some 30,000 households, set to be subsidized by the ministry.

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