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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

E-rate Reform Offers Key Opportunity to Further Close Digital Divide

By Connected Nation

The FCC is in process of reforming the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund -- better known as "E-rate."  Last week, the FCC received comments  from over 700 members of the public – educators, librarians, state and local government, industry members, and non-profit companies – including Connected Nation – all that are working to bridge the digital divide for our nation’s students.  Connected Nation’s comments focus on three key points that the FCC should follow as it modernizes the E-rate program:  Connectivity at the School, in the Classroom, and at Home.  Connected Nation believes that the...

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Maps of Proposed Connect America Fund, Phase I, Broadband Upgrades

By Connected Nation

Today, Connected Nation unveils a set of maps of the areas that broadband providers have proposed to receive subsidies to upgrade to broadband, as part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase I. In May 2013, the FCC made available to certain broadband providers up to $485 million in one-time subsidies to build-out broadband to areas that currently do not have access to fixed broadband at speeds of 3 Mbps download/768 kbps upload. In August, these service providers filed lists of areas in which they propose to build out broadband using these one-time subsidies. These filings were based on the broadband mapping data collected by...

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Puerto Rico Awarded $1.4 Million for FirstNet

By Wil Payton

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) this week awarded $1.4 to Puerto Rico for the island’s First Responder Network Authority. Known as FirstNet, the matching grant program administered by the NTIA is designed to assist regional, state, local, and tribal government entities as they plan for a nationwide public safety broadband network. Below is an excerpt for a News Is My Business article on the award: “Puerto Rico will leverage its existing governance body, the Puerto Rico Interoperable Communications Committee, and the recently established Puerto Rico Public Safety Broadband Network Committee, to implement...

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