The President unfolded the ‘Free Wi-Fi for Regional Towns’ programme on 9th April 2015 at Polonnaruwa District General Hospital
President Maithripala Sirisena unfolded the ‘Free Wi-Fi for Regional Towns’ programme on Thursday, 9th April 2015 at 4.00 p.m at the District General Hospital Premises in Polonnaruwa.
The free Wi-Fi programme, which provides free access to the internet is one of the pledges made by President Maithripala Sirisena in his presidential election manifesto.
The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) is spearheading the programme to provide free Wi- Fi, which will be simultaneously extended to cover 100 towns in the country. Nearly all the towns in the country are expected to be brought under the programme, soon thereafter, which will place free internet readily available throughout the country particularly to the rural youth.
The Internet Service providers who met Mr. M. M. Zuhair PC, the Director-General of the TRCSL, on Thursday, 2nd April assured their fullest cooperation to fulfill the pledge made to the people by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and that the service providers will bear the cost.
The free Wi-Fi programme provides access to the internet free up to 100 MB per citizen per month. For those who exceed 100 MB per month will have to pay the extra usage charges. A user registration will precede the free access since the free facility is only for citizens.