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Mexico Conectado is awarded the WSIS Prize 2015

The prize recognizes  this Program as a successful initiative and best practice that can be replicated by other countries and organizations.

Today 18 million Mexicans have Internet access provided by the Program in schools, hospitals, community centres and public libraries, among others.

The awards of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), provide the platform to identify and present stories of success and models that could be replicated. All this to empower the community locally and especially to recognize the efforts that governments and organizations held to bring value to society and commitment to build an inclusive information society.

This year Mexico Conectado Program was nominated to receive this important recognition by the agency of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

“The WSIS Project Prizes provide an international platform to identify and showcase the successful initiatives and best practices that could be easily replicated by other countries and organizations, to further drive momentum around ICTs as a catalyst for socio-economic development,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

Through Mexico Conectado, the Ministry of Communications and Transport (Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes) provides free broadband Internet access in public buildings and spaces, allowing citizens to take advantage of the multiple benefits that these tools offer to improve their quality of life and become part of the technological evolution.

Until now over 70,000 public buildings and spaces have access to Internet service through Mexico Conectado. At the end of 2015 the goal is to connect 100,000 of these, including schools, hospitals, government offices and research centers.  The goal is to connect the grand total of 250,000 throughout the country by the end of 2018. 

This is one of the most visible benefits of last year’s enactment of the Telecommunications’ sector Congressional Reform, which established the right of all citizens to have access to information technologies, including high-speed Internet.

If you want to know more about our Program click here.

 
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