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Country Report Puerto Rico

  • ID: 2138738
  • February 2015
  • Region: Puerto Rico
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

On February 18th the Puerto Rican Broadband Task Force (PRBT), a public-private partnership, released an ambitious plan to roll out extremely fast Internet services across the territory by 2020.

The "Gigabit Island" plan would require millions of dollars in US federal government and private-sector funding, which has not been fully secured. If it materialises, however, it will offer some promise of boosting the island's economic prospects. The plan-which is being supported by the Partido Popular Democrático (PPP) government of Governor Alejandro García Padilla, agencies and private-sector groups-hopes to connect at least 70% of the island's households with broadband capable of one gigabit per second downloads by 2020. That speed would enable easy video downloads and facilitate large data transfers, which would hopefully spur business expansion and entrepreneurial activity. Currently, 90% of Puerto Rican households have broadband connections with download speeds of three megabits per second, or about 300% slower than the proposed plan.

The plan calls for partnerships among the island's telecom operators, public agencies and other groups. For instance, a pilot READ MORE >

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Country Report Puerto Rico

Leaders plan territory-wide ultra-fast Internet access
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