Smart Local Governance Brings Services to Remote Townships


With the right planning, far-flung provinces can enjoy high-speed Internet connectivity, too.

In today’s world, the Internet is a basic way of communication in urban areas; with a speedy and stable Internet, distance can be overcome. Yet, this is not easily available in Taitung, a remote rural county in the southeastern corner of Taiwan.

In the past, industrial development in Taitung was severely constrained by its congenital conditions, and this caused longterm economic vulnerability and the lowest level of digitalisation in Taiwan. The county’s hindered development is reflected in many indexes, where it falls behind all other cities and counties. These include the highest proportion of grand-parenting, the shortest life expectancy, the lowest average household income and the highest proportion of low income families.

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