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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

Over 443,000 Children in Puerto Rico Lack Access to Broadband Internet

By CPR Staff

Current U.S. Census statistics report that Puerto has 431,712 families with children (AVG 1.77 children) do not have broadband at home. In the 2010 Connect Puerto Rico Residential Technology Assessment data indicated that over 250,608 households, or roughly 443,000 children (AVG 1.77 x 250K), do not have broadband service at home.   Broadband has the potential to become a critical key for opening doors to social inclusion and economic empowerment. The lack of this essential utility places households at a distinct disadvantage.   Our research estimates that of the approximately 17 million children nationwide...

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Hispanics Need Broadband, But Digital Divide Persists, Says Former FCC Commissioner

By CPR Staff

Alec Dubro | Speed Matters Policy Analyst Posted August 10, 2011   Henry M. Rivera, Strategic Counsel of the Internet Innovation Alliance, and former FCC Commissioner, told the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) that a persistent digital divide continues to hold Hispanics back from access to information technology and better jobs.   Speaking to the labor group meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the nation's first Hispanic FCC commissioner pointed out that "in 2010, NTIA reported that 52% of Hispanics and 52% of African Americans had yet to adopt broadband at home, compared with 32% of whites [without broadband]."...

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Obama Administration Releases Report, Highlights Rural Broadband Expansion

By CPR Staff

By Jeneba Ghatt | POLITIC365 Published August 21, 2011   The White House Rural Council released the report Jobs and Economic Security in Rural America which highlighted the fact that many rural communities “have lower incomes, higher poverty rates, worse health outcomes, and lower educational attainment than urban and suburban areas.” Highlighted was the expansion of broadband access to over “7 million rural Americans, including 3 million rural households and over 350,000 rural businesses” in the August 2011 report.   To combat the negative factors presented, the Council presented its findings and made specific...

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Puerto Rican Businesses Use Broadband in Unique Ways

By CPR Staff

Puerto Rican businesses use technology in ways that make the territory stand out and highlight ways that the territory’s unique character has influenced its workforce. To better understand the impact that broadband has had on Puerto Rico’s business landscape, Connect Puerto Rico conducted a Business Technology Assessment of 814 Puerto Rico business establishments in 2010. Some of the findings are displayed below:   • Nearly seven out of ten (69%) Internet-connected businesses utilize online banking. This is the most-cited use of the Internet among businesses in Puerto Rico   • Many Puerto Rican businesses are new...

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