A Special Purpose Internet Service Provider (ISP) License to provide affordable online learning to Tertiary and Research Institutions in Liberia has been signed.
The license was signed in favor of the Liberia Research and Education Institute (LRREN) by the LTA Board of Commissioners headed by its Acting Chair Commissioner Edwina Zackpah, while the Director for LRREN, Dr. Darren Wilkins, signed on behalf of his organization.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Acting Chair of the LTA Commissioner Zackpah said the signing of the license was important because the government of Liberia, through the LTA, has a
constitutionally mandate to create an enabling environment for Liberians and residents living in Liberia to access quality and affordable Internet services.
She said using digital means to get an education is a model for getting a good and quality education. So LRREN as an education network puts Liberia on the map with other Countries that has education networks. Madam Zackpah noted that LRREN, as a non for profit Non-Governmental Organization, is expected to only charge fees for the up-keep of the organization and not for profit.
For his part, the Director of LRREN, Dr. Darren Wilkins, said the signing of the license means a new day for academia in Liberia because it will enhance research education by providing affordable internet access to tertiary Institutions.
Dr. Wilkins indicated that the project is supported by USAID and has ten founding members that LRREN intent to connect initially. They include the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), Stella Marris, and the United Methodist University (UMU). He said as an Institutional Research network; his organization will only provide services to registered research education network Institutions.