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Dominican Republic’s poverty and digital divide is a shame

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.- National Telecom Institute (Indotel) executive director Gideon Santos on Friday said he’s “ashamed” of Dominican Republic’s poverty and digital divide in the 21st Century.

“To reduce the digital divide in the country, we must reduce poverty,” the official said, speaking in the “New Technology and Business Extra-informative” panel during the Inter American Press Association’s (IAPA), Midyear Assembly.

He stressed that lack of infrastructure keeps 40% of Latin America’s population from access to technology. He said the same percentage of that region’s countries doesn’t have a fiber-optic network.

Santos said high prices of smartphones and their 30% tax are hurdles to surmount the narrow the digital divide.

The Indotel director also called for a sweeping reform so the country can adapt to changes.

The IAPA conclave is being held until Monday in Punta Cana, eastern La Altagracia province.

Source: DT

April 9, 2016

Category: DR News |

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