RE: E-rate for Schools
Roland Giesler <roland@...
2005-04-07 08:25:03 GMT
> I would like to see the Internet Society fighting this on
> behalf of all South Africans. We (ISOC-ZA) could in fact
> partner with ISPA + Gauteng Online + SchoolNet + to get a
> move on this. For me this would be a very useful thing for ISOC to do.
I understood at one stage that the Departement of Education (or some other
government dept) were going to refund the 50% discount to either the ISP or
the school. If the event that it's the ISP, I guess the solution would be
to simply bill the DoE or minister of education for the 50% of all actual
provision to schools since 1 Feb 2005. In the event that the schools claim,
they would simply provide submit their invoices from their ISP to the DoE
and claim the 50% refund.
I very much doubt that the minister, or anybody for that matter, has the
jurisdiction to dictate to ISP's that they must provide a 50% discounted
product to schools when all except Telkom, are nowhere close to even a 50%
margin, let alone a 100% markup!
What should be lobbied for though, over and above simple implementation of
the legislation, is reduced internet access AND traffic. From Kader Asmal's
comments in speeches it appeared that his intention was to "... expect to
see reduced call charges, the so-called "e rate", for our schools."
that was a long time ago, on 1 March 2005, Naledi Pandor said: "In
collaboration with the Department of Communication and the Independent
Communications Association of South Africa (ICASA), we have agreed to
introduce a 50% discount on *internet connection* (my emphasis) costs. This
new e-rate will be published shortly in the government gazette."