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Government to roll out free stations for cellphone charging

Staff writer, with CNA

The government is to equip all public places and government offices that provide free iTaiwan online services with mobile-phone charging stations by the end of the year.

The decision to provide the free charging services was made during a joint meeting of government agencies hosted by Vice Premier Chang Shan-cheng (張善政) after a lawmaker last week asked the Executive Yuan to set up 10,000 charging stations across the nation.

National Development Council senior analyst Hsu Chia-lin (徐嘉臨) said the government plans to establish mobile-phone charging stations in three stages.

The first focuses on installing stations in public places with government-built hotspots for free wireless Internet services, known as iTaiwan, Hsu said.

There are more than 3,000 hotspots across the nation that can be found in railway and high-speed rail stations, tourist service centers, household registration and land offices, police stations, cyclist rest spots, national park administration offices, Taiwan Sugar outlets and gas stations operated by state-run CPC Corp, Taiwan.

In the second stage, mobile-phone charging stations are to be built at national and public libraries, and museums operated by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture, as well as hospitals affiliated with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Hsu said.

Work on the second stage is scheduled to be completed in February or March next year.

As for the third stage, the government hopes to make charging services available in places with solar-energy supply facilities, in line with its 4G smart city project, Hsu said.

The additional electricity costs of the charging stations would be split by governmental ministries and departments, said Hsu, who added that the extra cost of the project “should not be too high.”

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