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blink | bmobile Partners with Government to Bridge the Digital Divide

Left to right: Raye Sandy – Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology, Jacqueline Syms – Chairperson iGovTT, Dr. Ruperd Giffith – Minister of Science & Technology, Winston Gypsey Peters – Minister of Community Development and students officially commission the Star.tt ICT Access Centre in Cumana, Toco.
blink | bmobile has renewed their commitment to assist the government of Trinidad and Tobago by becoming the communications technology partner in the recently unveiled Star.tt ICT Access Center in Cumana, Toco. 
 
On March 26th 2014, the Ministry of Science and Technology launched the second installment of the Star.tt Project; an initiative that embodies the Ministry’s mandate to facilitate the uptake and use of ICTs in Trinidad and Tobago. The overarching goal of this project is to reduce the digital divide prevalent in underserved communities. This mission is consistent with blink | bmobile’s plans to develop the country by building broadband infrastructure that would increase internet penetration in rural and/or low income areas. With pre-existing ties to Cumana and as a part of its corporate social responsibility, blink | bmobile, in collaboration with the Ministry, have worked to empower these residents by installing high speed fiber optic links to the center to supply Voice and Data usage to patrons. In addition to providing high speed broadband internet connection, blink | bmobile, by way of its BLINK Vigilance alarm monitoring system, has put measures in place to ensure that the center is secure against vandalism and other criminal activities. 
 
During his address, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. the Honourable Rupert Griffith, encouraged residents to use the Center as an avenue to increase their skills and explore their knack for business. Also present at the launch, the Honourable Winston Peters, Minister of Community Development, echoed similar sentiments as he urged Cumana residents to embrace the facility and harness the possibilities that now lie at their fingertips. Minister Peters expressed that the Center was a gift to the community and they should use it to enrich their lives. Reflecting on this year’s theme for World Technology and Information Society Day, “Broadband for Sustainable Development”, Acting CEO of TSTT, George Hill, noted that stakeholders like the Government and blink | bmobile must collaborate to ensure that “everyone, regardless of their geographic location, can be exposed to the same opportunities in order to develop their fullest potential.” Hill further stated that “through these partnerships we can accelerate the rate at which Trinidad and Tobago becomes the best connected country in the Caribbean.” 
 
Furnished with user friendly, state-of-the-art technology and powered by BLINK high speed broadband internet, the Cumana Star.tt ICT Access Center provides the facilities to assist in propelling the social, economic and cultural development of Cumana and by extension Trinidad and Tobago. The cyber cafe allows users who visit the Center to browse the internet to access information including e-government services, online classes and business and career opportunities. In addition to the computers available at the Centre, persons can use the charging port to recharge their as mobile phones, tablets and laptops and browse the internet for free at the Wi-Fi patio.