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Open wi-fi networks, Govt urged


Added 15 January 2016


Chief executive officer of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation Celeste Foster. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

GOVERNMENT IS BEING urged to remove the pad locks from its wi-fi routers so that the general public can have access.

This request was made by the chief executive officer of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation (BEF) Celeste Foster who applauded the wi-fi coverage in Barbados but said there were strides to be made.

In 2010 the BEF set a goal of nationwide coverage by ten years and today Foster said, “If government would open its offices and agencies so that they are wi-fi hotspots I am sure we can realise this dream much sooner than 2020,” she said.

Foster was speaking at the Youth Agri-Preneurship Incubator Programme held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre St Michael.

There she highlighted that from the organisation’s inception, wi-fi coverage had grown from about ten per cent to 75 per cent by the end of 2013. And she said that an online blog called Rotten wi-fi recently ranked Barbados at number 11 for its coverage ahead of the United States and Canada. Barbados was ranked number one in the Western Hemisphere.

“For a small country like Barbados this is excellent news. Speed and availability of internet access is a huge appeal for foreign investors and it enables our young entrepreneurs to have quicker opportunities while doing business.” (TG)


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