Guyana to sell needy 90,000 computers at discount

GEORGETOWN, GUYANA (AP) - Guyana has pledged to spend $30 million in the next three years to buy 90,000 laptops and resell them at a discount to the poor.

President Bharrat Jagdeo says the project aims to improve education in poor communities.

The South American country is launching a new high-speed Internet service provided by the Guyana Telephone & Telegraph Co.

The company is owned by Salem, Massachusetts-based Atlantic Tele-Network.

Jagdeo said late Thursday that the upgrade is a result of a $60 million fiber-optic cable network installed in January that runs from Suriname to Guyana.

Another fiber-optic cable from Brazil is also planned.

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