The DA has released its Manifesto for Change, which includes plans to make it easier and cheaper to access the Internet.
The political party said the global economy is rapidly evolving into a data-driven era which influences every aspect of human social, political, and economic activity.
It added that for all South Africans to benefit from this dynamic world, ICT must be supported and governed by flexible policies and laws.
These policies and laws, the DA said, should “champion human rights of Internet access and use and protect people’s information and property in a trusted and secure networked world”.
Making Internet access cheaper
The DA has revealed its plans to make it easier and cheaper to access the Internet, which include the four points below.
- Motivating that the regulator assigns spectrum via a competitive market process in the best interests of driving affordable, user-driven Internet access demand and in so doing, ensure the stability and expansion of technology (like 5G) going forward as well as serving to unlock latent investment potential.
- Giving a policy directive to the regulator to determine the most effective way for all network licence holders to separate their wholesale and retail offers to stimulate competition in wholesale network provision and drive down prices.
- Limiting import tariffs on some imported ICASA-compliant mobile electronic equipment, such as personal devices to make them more affordable and drive accessibility to the Internet.
- Encouraging private sector and government to recruit scarce skills from wherever they can be found in the world with a view to knowledge exchange and mentorship of local ICT developers, analysts, and engineers.