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Morocco boasts one of the largest telecom sectors in Africa. While most of its operation is currently supervised by the state-owned National Post and Telecommunications Board, an increased tendency toward privatization and openness have seen new companies emerge to challenge its monopoly.

According to residents, the government does not restrict or censor Internet access. Accounts can be easily obtained from dozens of private service providers, and citizens can access the unfiltered World Wide Web from home, the office or cyber-cafes around the country.

Despite these freedoms, however, the Internet has grown slowly because of high costs and the lack of a focused national policy to promote its development. In early 1998, for instance, access costs ranged from US$ 40-50/month, which allowed for only 15 hours of service and cost an additional connection fee of US$ 2/hour. By 1999, the price had dropped considerably to US$ 20/month for unlimited access, but the connection fee remained US$ 2/hour.

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