SEOUL, Jun. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting January 1 next year, users will be able to subscribe to high-speed Internet service anywhere in the country, including in the countryside.
The Ministry of Science and ICT reported that it has designated high-speed Internet as a “universal service,” a basic communication service that requires telecommunications businesses to provide it, including local phones and public phones, starting Tuesday.
High-speed Internet is a must for navigating everyday life including making financial transactions, shopping, using social networking services, and watching videos.
Since high-speed Internet was introduced in 1998, the government has implemented a loan support project to encourage autonomous high-speed Internet network deployment and set up broadband networks in farming and fishing villages.
By doing so, the government provided high-speed Internet access to small farming and fishing areas with fewer than 50 households in about 13,400 regions.
Nevertheless, there were still many areas where high-speed Internet service was not available because operators avoided providing it to users in rural areas and other high-cost areas.
Accordingly, the government has designated high-speed Internet service as “universal duty” and will guarantee that users have access to high-speed Internet regardless of where they are.
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