$31.6 Million to Expand Broadband Internet Services in Puerto Rico
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Res. Comm. Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico, issued the following news release:
As part of the Connect America Fund, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is providing $31.6 million to the Puerto Rico Telephone Company to expand broadband Internet access to an estimated 40,736 homes and businesses in rural areas, announced Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi.
"It is very important for homes and businesses in Puerto Rico to have access to high speed Internet and modern telecommunication services at reasonable prices, whether they are in urban or rural parts of the island. These tools help expand user access to educational opportunities, health care, and global commerce. These funds will further close the digital divide, since access to broadband Internet in Puerto Rico is significantly lower than in the states," said Pierluisi.
The Connect America Fund is part of the federal government's efforts to bring broadband access to rural communities. As part of that effort, the FCC allocated a total of $32.7 million to Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska.
Apart from the funds granted to Puerto Rico, Hawaii will receive $1 million to bring broadband Internet to 1,217 homes and businesses, and Alaska will received $174,000 to provide access to 316 homes and businesses. Funding will be provided by the FCC in multiple rounds with the goal of providing broadband services to 600,000 homes and businesses in 44 states and Puerto Rico.
The funds being awarded to Puerto Rico in this round will provide access to broadband Internet for over 100,000 people.
The municipalities that will be eligible to benefit directly from these funds are: Adjuntas, Aibonito, Anasco, Arecibo, Barranquitas, Camuy, Canovanas, Ceiba, Ciales, Coamo, Comerio, Corozal, Dorado, Guayama, Guayanilla, Jayuya, Juana Diaz, Juncos, Lares, Loiza, Maricao, Maunabo, Morovis, Naranjito, Patillas, Penuelas, Ponce, Salinas, San Sebastian, Santa Isabel, Toa Baja, Utuado, Vega Alta, Vega Baja, Vieques, Villalba, Yabucoa, and Yauco.
Approximately 15 million people throughout the U.S. still lack access to broadband Internet today.
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