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- National operator Mauritius Telecom has been given approval by the Information and Communication Technologies Authority to cut its wholesale ADSL tariffs by 26%, writes online news portal lexpress.mu. If the country’s ISPs pass on the full effect of the price reduction, customers will be able to receive a 128kbps connection (note: this is below TeleGeography’s minimum 256kbps in one direction definition of a broadband line) for MRO700 (USD2.68) per month, instead of MRO950. The new prices should be published later this week.

- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Thursday that it was giving $17.5 million in grants to improve Internet access in public libraries in Botswana, Latvia, and Lithuania. The grants were intended to fund free information technology services and training in libraries and reading rooms, according to the Seattle-based foundation established by Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates and his wife. The foundation expected to invest a total of $328 million in as many as 15 countries through its Global Libraries Initiative over seven years.