Public school students enrolled in the government’s Single Registry (CadÚnico) will begin to receive, as of December 7th, the pilot project for the delivery of Internet Brazil program chips. The movement is the result of a partnership between the Ministries of Communication and Education that encourages free broadband.
Read more: Free internet for Single Registry subscribers: how to apply for the benefit?
According to the schedule, initially the network will be implemented in 15 schools in five cities. In the first phase, there will be 6.2 thousand chips directed to schools that are part of the Connected Northeast Project🇧🇷
Delivery begins in Juazeiro, Bahia. When ready, it will also serve the municipalities of Mossoró, Caicó (Rio Grande do Norte), Caruaru, Petrolina (Pernambuco) and Campina Grande (Paraíba).
The package must be automatically renewed every month. Students will be able to use the internet inside and outside the school, always aware of the fact that the data package is 20 GB. The program Internet Brazil has been eagerly awaited since May of this year, after the creation of the law that regulates the initiative.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, the difficulties – mainly for low-income families – in relation to internet access became even more evident with an impact on educational performance, as it was compromised.
According to data from the National Household Sample Survey of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), 3.6 million students were left without internet in 2021. Of them, 94% were from the public education network.
To access the free internet, you must register with the CadÚnico and the Social Identification Number (NIS). There is still a requirement that the student be enrolled in the public network from the 3rd year of elementary school.
The data package will be the responsibility of the Ministry of Communications. Monitoring Internet use is the responsibility of Embratel, which can block access to pages considered unsafe for the public.