About 128 million dollars will be invested in Costa Rica in the Hogares Conectados plan, which grants subsidies for a computer and Internet access to families living in poverty. So far 2.2 million dollars were invested and 19,400 houses received the benefit, 15 percent of the 140,000 planned until the end of 2018.
Emilio Arias, Minister of Development and Social Inclusion and Executive President of the Mixed Institute of Social Assistance (IMAS), said in a dialogue with Costa Rica Today, that the goal will be met in the time scheduled.
The National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel) is responsible for giving the subsidy, which ranges from 40 to 80 percent of the total cost of the service and the computer. The beneficiaries, chosen by IMAS, must choose the provider among the seven options currently available in the market.