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More money to be spent on digital divide: premier

Premier Chang Chun-hsiung announced Monday a plan to spend an additional NT$200 million (US$6 million) on a government project that began in 2005 to lessen the urban-rural digital divide.

Chang made the announcement at a press conference held by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to report the 2007 results of the project, which is aimed at building information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure in remote areas to help local people and boost local industrial development.

The report said 61 Digital Opportunity Centers (DOCs) have been set up in 57 remote villages around the country since 2005 with help from the government, local communities, volunteer groups, enterprises and civic organizations.

The additional funds will be used to establish 59 more facilities, Chang said, adding that 18,000 students living in remote areas will benefit from the DOCs, one of whose functions is to offer the students after school computer programs.

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