Another 4,000 free Wi-Fi points should be installed in the capital of São Paulo. The Secretariat of Innovation and Technology (SMIT) of the City of São Paulo launched accreditation notice for the installation of these points. The goal is that all elementary schools and all health units in the city receive free internet for the population to use.
The locations will be part of the WiFi Livre SP program, which already has 1,088 points throughout the city. Initially, the accreditation of interested companies will be open for 60 days — which can be extended.
Installation is expected to begin this year. “The pandemic showed that digital inclusion is the new frontier of social inclusion. Connected citizens are more likely to find work and generate income, and this is essential at this time when activities are resumed”, says Juan Quirós, head of SMIT.
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A study by PriceWhatherhouse Coopers concluded that the simple fact that a poor region receives an internet signal can increase people’s income by up to 15%. “The technology that matters is the one that transforms people’s lives”, assesses the secretary.
Quirós says that the notice was open for public consultation for 30 days. He points out that both the population’s suggestions about the installation of free Wi-Fi in places without internet, as well as requests to reduce the size of the areas of the lots and technical changes requested by the companies, were met.
The notice specifies the requirements for connection speed, signal range and user data protection. The city will be responsible for the electrical infrastructure needed to install the equipment. This includes primary pole in locations whose electrical infrastructure is overhead and/or initial power supply point in locations with underground electrical supply.
Accredited companies may choose to offer the service in multiple batches. These companies may use digital advertising: that is, the user will have to watch advertisements before having access to the internet signal.
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