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Towns receive EU support for IT development

Two towns in south Hungary have successfully bid for Ft 400 million (€1.6 million) in European Union funding to establish broadband internet services and modernize public administration, a government official said on Thursday. Jánoshalma and Kalocsa will each receive Ft 200 million, which will enable the towns to offer broadband internet to residents for less than Ft 5,000 a month, IT minister Kálmán Kovács said. This is an affordable price that will make it possible for businesses and private individuals to start using the internet, the minister said. In line with the EU tender conditions, the local councils will establish joint companies with investors to launch the service, Kovács added.

 

The ministry also supports plans to establish an IT college in Kiskunfélegyhaza, to be named after inventor Ede Teller. The town has the necessary financial background for setting up the college that will be operated partly on a business basis, Kovács said.