Ensuring internet for all

Affordable services required

Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Sunday provided us with the good news that that the government has been working to bring the country’s all people under internet coverage

Recently, government has embarked on a new project titled ‘Installing Information Technology Network at remote areas (Connected Bangladesh)’ to bring all the areas in Bangladesh under internet connection network. We are told that under the project, optical fibre network will be installed in 772 remote union parishads in eight divisions of the country.

Over the past years, a wind of change has been blowing through the 64 districts of this riverine country. Not only the urban people, but also the village folks are enjoying the benefits of rapid adoption of online services. Now, people in remote villages have access to internet, even a farmer or a housewife living in faraway villages now has a Facebook account which was out of the realm of our imagination only a decade ago. All these profound changes indeed are the consequence of the government’s ‘Digital Bangladesh’ initiative.

It needs no emphasizing that Internet will make

 life easier for the rural people as it will

 ensure their access to necessary information

Earlier in last year, providing internet services to remote Moheshkhali, the government declared the island as the country’s first digital island. It is indeed a path-breaking example of the ways in which Bangladesh is bringing 21st-century services and dreams to its citizens.

It needs no emphasizing that Internet will make life easier for the rural people as it will ensure their access to necessary information. For instance, people from remote corners of the country will easily know about Hajj and villagers will be able to expand their local business to different markets. Most importantly, it will build a digital platform for students.

There is no denying that the government’s various initiatives to provide internet to every corner of the country is laudable, but at the same time we must educate the people about misuse of internet and cyber crimes.  Also the government must ensure affordable internet services to the remote areas of the country.