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Govt needs to classify internet as a utility service – Tech analyst

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Maximus Ametorgoh, Technology Analyst and Digital Lead at Pop Out, is championing the cause for internet access to be recognized as a fundamental public service.

He contends that in today’s digitally-driven world, internet access is a necessity for everyday communication and operations, rather than a mere luxury.

Speaking on the inaugural session of the 2024 Citi Business Festival broadcast, Ametorgoh highlighted the critical role of governmental support in making internet services affordable, advocating for judicious subsidies to assist economically disadvantaged individuals.

“The government needs to classify the internet as a utility service so it becomes an essential service. If that is done, then when contractors cut the cable, they will have to pay for it,” Ametorgoh said, adding “This way, we can have reliable internet service because no one will intentionally go and dig up cables.”

Ametorgoh also urged small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to understand the digital economy to transform their businesses, enhance revenue streams, and create value-added growth opportunities.

“It depends on the cost of marketing and the target audience. If your target audience is not on the internet, you do not need to sell online because you won’t find them,” he explained.

“If you also can’t access the internet, it means you can’t sell online. You need to understand these dynamics. Some people have resolved not to buy anything online, so when you target such individuals, you won’t succeed. You need to understand all these factors.”

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