Over the weekend, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that he has signed a government decree granting 30 days of free internet services to secondary and vocational school students partaking in digital education. Those who are entitled to the free internet for students and teachers in digital education must request the service at their own service provider, government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkirályi said on Monday. Telekom and Vodafone service providers have already announced that they are ready to provide the free internet.
Last Tuesday, Hungarian schools above the eighth grade reverted to digital education as part of a series of restrictions in order to ramp up the coronavirus protection efforts in the country. Following the restriction, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced on Saturday that he signed a government decree which guarantees free internet access to students for the next 30 days.
On Monday, Alexandra Szentkirályi, spokesperson for the government recalled that based on the outcome of a national consultation on the coronavirus epidemic, the government has made internet free for students learning via digital education. Those who are eligible for the free internet should request the 30-day discount at their service provider. The free internet applies to both existing and new contracts and will be credited by the service provider on the December invoice. The discount can be used in a single location, Szentkirályi explained.
Telekom customers entitled to free internet can request the service on the company’s website, while Flip customers on the Flip website between November 18th and 27th, said Magyar Telekom in its announcement on Saturday. According to the announcement, an account and a school ID proving educational status will be required to submit the request. The 30-day fee waiver will appear on customers’ invoices in December. The service can also be used by customers using the integrated package, because the internet service with 5% VAT content will appear on the invoice as a separate item.
At the same time, Vodafone has told 24.hu that it will make the most important educational sites available without the use of data, thus helping students and teachers who have switched to digital education. In addition, the fixed Internet access service is available free of charge for 30 days, according to which the service provider credits the monthly subscription fee sent to secondary school students, their parents, and teachers for one subscription address in December. Those entitled to free internet service should contact the service provider. Further details will be available on the service provider’s website.
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