25/06/2021 digic

The Portuguese Government approves social tariff to generalize Internet use

The Council of Ministers approved this week the final version of the decree-law that creates the social internet tariff in Portugal.

The price and bandwidth are still to be defined.

The social tariff for Internet access service provision aims to allow more widespread use of this resource and eliminate situations of discrimination in the access and use of public services available online, states point four of the Council of Ministers’ statement.

The goal is that the more than 700,000 families who benefit from the social electricity tariff will also be able to contract an internet service at a price below that of the market. The package will have 10 GB of data traffic per month and a download speed of 30 Mbps (megabits per second).

It has been more than a year since the government announced the creation of a social internet tariff. In May 2021, the measure was approved in the Council of Ministers and Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of Economy and Digital Transition, promised that it will come in July 1st.

The content of the diploma will only be known in full when it is published in the Diário da República. In an interview, the Secretary of State for Digital Transition pointed to the hypothesis of a price around 5 euros per month.

Source: Sapo

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