The government on Sunday approved the "Digital Israel" project, presented by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which aims to offer the public a wide array of digital services based on a future optical fiber grid. The infrastructure supporting the project is scheduled to be completed within two years and should allow for Internet speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second.
"This is an important social step that will help reduce social and geographical gaps," Netanyahu told the ministers.
The project will see the formation of an interministerial steering committee to outline a national digital policy, as well as devise a multi-year work plan and related annual goals. The committee will be headed by the Prime Minister's Office Director-General Harel Locker.
The "Digital Israel" project seeks to improve public access to the education, health and welfare systems regardless of where people live in Israel. The project will also encourage e-trading, reduce bureaucracy and streamline a wide array of government services.