Minister urges counties to support ICT infrastructure [Business Daily (Kenya)]
(Business Daily (Kenya) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Exorbitant way leave fees being charged on broadband service providers by counties could affect quick penetration of Internet services.
ICT secretary Fred Matiang'i has urged county executives in charge of the sector to support infrastructure development for faster penetration of Internet in the country.
"Moving the fibre across the country has been a matter of concern. As national government we ask ourselves what policy sacrifices we have to make to ensure there is a connection in all counties," the minister said at a meeting at the Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki on a day when the Laikipia County government stopped a multi-million shilling project by Jamii Telcoms of laying a fibre optic cable around the town.
The county government demanded Sh600 for every metre excavated by the firm, forcing it to abandon the work midway.
Dr Matiang'i said it was the responsibility of county governments to provide the last mile connection to enable Kenyans access the Internet.
The minister said there was need to harmonise policies that are supportive to infrastructure development as the county governments were not charging a uniform way leave fee.
A national broadband strategy was launched a month ago and it is intended to support the deployment of ICT in various economic and governance services.
But the minister said the way leave fee was becoming a big challenge in the counties.
"We want to have a conversation with them and try to make them understand the benefits accrued from a supportive environment so that we can grow infrastructure. If we levy heavy fee we are going to affect the movement of infrastructure," Dr Matiang'i said.
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