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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

Liberty Global Acquires Choice TV

By Wil Payton

Liberty Global is expanding operations in Puerto Rico by acquiring Choice Cable TV, the island’s second largest cable operator. Liberty is teaming up with Searchlight Capital to buy Choice, which means that Liberty will be able to reach 80 percent of the homes in Puerto Rico. Below is an excerpt from a Multichannel News article of this development: The Choice Cable transaction will build upon our 2012 acquisition of OneLink and will complete cable consolidation on the island of Puerto Rico. Going forward, our market-leading bundles and commitment to network investment and innovation will meaningfully enhance the products and services...

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FCC Increases Broadband Speed Target

By Connected Nation

Yesterday, the FCC voted to increase the national broadband availability target from 4 Mbps down/1 Mbps up to 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up fixed. It could mean that faster Internet speeds will be coming sooner to communities across the nation.  Our efforts in Connected Nation states has brought quality broadband to more homes, schools, and businesses -- but as the graph below shows, there is still work to be done to meet these new goals.  Affordable, fast, Internet is bringing new opportunities and prosperity to underserved areas across the nation, and our teams are leading the way to bridge the digital divide.  Want to learn more...

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One Project in Puerto Rico Awarded in Rural Broadband Experiment Auction

By CPR Staff

Last Friday, the FCC released the list of the “provisional” winners of the Rural Broadband Experiment auction. The good news? One project in Puerto Rico have been given funding.  This was the first time the FCC had awarded Connect America Fund subsidies for fixed broadband through competitive bids. Bids were due November 7 and were awarded based on cost-effectiveness comparison to the FCC Connect America Fund Cost model. Forty projects were awarded in the $100 million budgeted for the experiments. Of these, 15 projects accounting for $41.7 million are in our Connected Nation footprint (42% of all awards). Awards were given in Iowa...

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$15 Million in Tech Upgrades for Puerto Rico Schools

By Wil Payton

Puerto Rico’s Department of Education recently announced a $15 million technology initiative to improve the Internet infrastructure in the island’s schools. Over the next five years, 1,384 schools will benefit from the development of technological projects in their classrooms. Goals of the initiative include increasing student retention, promoting academic achievement, and enhancing teaching staff skills. From left: Claro President Enrique Ortiz de Montellano and Education Secretary Rafael Román announcing the initiative. Below is an excerpt from a News is My Business article on this development: “In the summer we started building a next-...

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