Leading communications and entertainment provider, Flow, today launched “Jump” – an important programme that will narrow the digital gap while ensuring that the most vulnerable, are included in its digital inclusion drive.

“We are committed to harnessing our resources and capabilities to narrow the digital divide in Jamaica. Our focus is on qualifying low-income households, those under the PATH programme.  We will provide subsidized broadband service in accordance with our core social mission to connect everyone to the internet – irrespective of their income or where they live,” stated Flow’s Vice President and General Manager, Stephen Price at a launch event held today at the Jamaica Pegasus. 

The Jump Pilot Programme is set to target 1500 households over the next four to six months and will see beneficiaries receiving high speed internet connectivity to their homes, a device as well as digital literacy training for a heavily subsidized cost of $800.  Students in the household will also be onboarded to the FlowStudy platform.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda said “Technology is a tremendous catalyst for change and transformation. This is why I welcome and support this Jump Jamaica Pilot, which will provide internet access, devices and digital skills training to 1,500 PATH eligible households, at a reduced cost.

I congratulate and applaud the generosity of our partner FLOW, whose commitment to development corresponds with our governmental mandate and priority to prevent the most vulnerable among us from remaining trapped in poverty for generations. This collaboration is a reflection of what is possible when the Government and the Private Sector combine efforts toward the achievement of a shared vision.”

Jump also received a resounding endorsement from Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon Daryl Vaz. “As Technology Minister, it is my mission and mandate to ensure that Jamaica becomes an innovation nation. So far of the one hundred and thirty-nine (139) communities have been connected through the Government’s community wi-fi initiative. We are in the business of connecting the unconnected and through JUMP we are providing the tools necessary for our citizens to engage in the digital space. I am eager to see the successful implementation of this pilot and its future roll out to a wider cross-section of Jamaican communities.

Acknowledging the importance of the partnerships, the Flow VP stated, “Digital inclusion is about ensuring that the benefits of digital technologies are available to everyone – the children who need connectivity for remote learning, university students to do their research and assignments, the ability for citizens to use telehealth, participate in e-commerce, tap into entrepreneurship opportunities, and to connect to social services.”

The programme has received the support of several key stakeholders including the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), The Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), The Universal Service Fund (USF), the Mona School of Business & Management (MSBM), and One on One Educational Services and the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation.  Several other partners are currently engaged to join the programme.

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