PENANG: A paper on the National Broadband Plan to roll out faster broadband access to the Internet will be submitted soon for Cabinet approval.
Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said the rollout would cost the Government about RM800mil.
“We are extending the access to schools (to be called SchoolNet), e-government offices, universities and research institutions (MyRen) and for telemedicine in clinics,” he said.
Dr Lim said the Government hoped to build up a critical mass of clients who would be using the Internet through broadband access.
“With this critical mass available, perhaps private companies who are Internet service providers or application service providers will increase their coverage,” Dr Lim said at the launching of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential programme here and seminar for supervisors from 42 rural internet centres (RIC).
Under the programme, the 42 RIC established by the Government will receive funds to implement activities to make technology accessible to rural people.
Microsoft Malaysia Corporate Affairs director Zaid Hamzah said Microsoft had contributed RM3.8bil under the global programme over five years.
Later, Dr Lim launched a RM28,000 model RIC cabin sponsored by Medan Sedunia Digital that is implementing the RIC project.