Start2Surf

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Start2Surf was an initiative of the federal government from 2009-2010 to increase computer and Internet use among Belgian citizens. With Start2Surf @home, the federal government focused on all Belgians who still did not have an Internet connection at home. Start2surf PC Bonus focused on employers. They were able to give financial incentives to employees on modest incomes to buy a computer package.

Start2Surf was an initiative of the federal government from 2009-2010 to increase computer and Internet use among Belgian citizens. The project was divided into different actions for different target groups.

With Start2Surf @home, the federal government focused on all Belgians who still did not have an Internet connection at home. Four advantageously priced computer packages were put together: with a nettop, a desktop, a netbook and a laptop. Each basic package was composed of a PC, office and security software, a one-year broadband Internet subscription, a computer and Internet training course, and a card reader. Moreover, every buyer who was a taxpayer in Belgium was able enjoy a substantial tax credit.

Start2surf PC Bonus focused on employers. They were able to encourage employees on modest incomes to buy a computer package by (partially) contributing to the costs. So employees could purchase a computer (package) from a supplier of their choice. Their employer then reimbursed up to 760 euros (including VAT), a benefit that was exempt from tax.

Fedict guaranteed the technical standards and the quality requirements of each of the packages.