Local Internet service has improved tremendously in a short time
Stabroek News
May 29, 2002

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Dear Editor,

I wanted to pause from talking about the seriousness of the political climate and respond to one of your young letter writers by the name of K. Prince.

The writer was concerned about not receiving value for his dollars spent on the local Internet service. I agree that there are opportunities for improvement with the telecommunications services in Guyana, however, I must admit it has improved tremendously in a short time. The writer mentioned that the average monthly service fee for Internet access is about six to seven thousand dollars.

This compared to the access in North America is a bargain which on average is about twenty (US) dollars.

I believe the Guyana Government subsidises the cost of these services to keep the rates affordable, however, it is quite expensive for the local Internet companies to maintain their networks with such low revenue.

Just as an FYI, in the preliminary stages of the Internet in developed countries, similar inconveniences were frequent. I predict that with time, Guyana will have caught up with their technology - hang in there.

I am very impressed with your eagerness to learn Information Technology; this is one of the fastest growing job skills globally. I urge you to pursue it, you will be guaranteed a rewarding career in any country you choose to live, once successfully trained. More importantly, as a professional in this field, you will be able to help forge the necessary changes that are required in this area.

Take care and good luck.

Yours faithfully,

Berkeley Van Bowen

International Human Rights Watch