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In an article today, John Eggerton, of Broadcasting & Cable, reiterated Puerto Rico’s call for an FCC reversal on their decision to delay assisting the island in its Broadband implementation.  Given that the lack of access to minimal IT infrastructure severely limits a society’s ability to compete on any economic level, Puerto Rico should be considered a high priority for increasing broadband access. 

Puerto Rican Officials ask FCC for Broadband Help: Say dealing with issue as part of USF reform will take too long

The governor of Puerto Rico and other officials there have asked the FCC to reverse a decision they say will leave the territory without sufficient access to broadband for too long.

While Governor Luis Fortuno said he understood the FCC had said it preferred dealing with the issue as part of general overall Universal Service Fund reform, he said that would be a multi-year process and that Puerto Rico has already waited too long to get comparable service to the U.S.

He asked that the FCC reconsider the request of the Puerto Rico Telephone Company (PRTC) for a separate fund and its promise to use it for broadband. He also wants the FCC to create a Puerto Rico broadband pilot program and consider designating staff to deal specifically with Puerto Rico broadband issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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During a press conference yesterday, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) released its report entitled  Expanding Opportunities in the Hispanic Community:  Solutions for Increased Broadband Access.

The report describes the NHCSL vision of “full digital inclusion for all Americans . . . where Hispanics continue to lag in meaningful broadband adoption that can only be realized by fully digitally literate communities.  Broadband and information technology are drivers for job creation, educational reform, healthcare delivery, greater competitiveness for small businesses, and increased access to government services.”

We at The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce support the majority of the recommendations listed within the report, especially those with respect to increased wire line and wireless broadband technologies Read the rest of this entry »

Tomorrow at 1pm, The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce will be attending a press conference commending the release of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators’ whitepaper entitled:

Broadband Opportunities and the Hispanic Community: Solutions for Expanding Broadband Access

As described by the Immigrants in USA Blog:

The policy paper is a product of NHCSL’s Broadband En Acción taskforce, which is composed of Hispanic State Legislators from across the country. The paper offers a proposed broadband regulatory framework and calls for policies that promote investment, access and digital training among the Latino community who, despite being large users of mobile technology, continue to lag behind other Americans in adopting wireline broadband and in building digital literacy skills.

In the coming days we will analyze their assessment and continue our conversation on Broadband’s potential impact for Puerto Rico and the American Entrepreneur.

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