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Carrim reports back on SA broadband policy draft

Communications Minister Yunus Carrim, held a feedback session on Friday in an attempt to finalise the broadband policy and plan.

Carrim said the policy was gazetted in April and he was hoping to present it to Cabinet before the end of the year.

"We are hoping to do all of this by the last Cabinet meeting in the first week of December. If the policy is not approved, we will consider releasing a version of it in the public domain for further consideration," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the broadband policy workshop.

Before the document could reach Cabinet, it had to be taken to the presidential infrastructure co-ordinating commission, then to the economic cluster. Further consultation also had to take place at the SA Local Government Association.

"We may not have a perfect policy by early December, but we hope, with your co-operation, to have a good one. Obviously, with constant changes in technology, the policy and progress on its implementation will have to be reviewed and monitored annually," he said.

A panel of international experts would share their opinions of the plans in November, during a workshop.

The policy sought to ensure that the benefits of broadband reached all South Africans, said Carrim.

"This policy will be pursued as a national project that will seek to galvanise the full capabilities, resources and energies of public and private actors towards realising a bold vision of a connected society to some extent."  – Sapa

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