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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

Free Wi-Fi Now Available in Plaza Las Americas

By Wil Payton

Liberty Plaza Las Americas has announced the launch of Plaza Wi-Fi. The shopping mall’s free wireless network will be accessible within an area of more than 400,000 square feet, making it the largest hotspot in Puerto Rico. “The opportunity to interact directly with our visitors will be possible very soon thanks to this and other services that will be incorporated into our technology platform during the year,” said Franklin Domenech, general manager of the commercial center in a press release. Below is an excerpt from a News is My Business article on the network: Access to this network is free for visitors while they are in Plaza and it is...

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PR Tech Sector Urged to Join Forces for Economic Development

By Wil Payton

“Human capital is the island’s most important asset,” businessman Nicholas Prouty, managing partner of investment firm Putnam Bridge, reportedly said during his presentation at the recent IT Cluster & CIO Summit in Puerto Rico. Prouty was advocating the merging of Puerto Rico’s intellectual talent to become a prominent technological center in the Caribbean region. Below is an excerpt from a News is My Business article on Prouty’s speech: “Puerto Rico has a robust infrastructure made up of ISP’s, and data centers. We have the capacity to offer next-generation network infrastructure with advanced optical networking platform capabilities...

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Code For America To Work With Puerto Rico To Develop Government Solutions

By Wil Payton

Code for America (CfA) programmers will be lending a hand to develop tools to improve government and foster economic development in Puerto Rico. CfA is a non-profit that places developers, designers and researchers with local governments to address civic problems. Under the fellowship program, a one-year residency, participants work with government partners to devise solutions to regional issues. Below is an excerpt from a News is My Business article on this development: Puerto Rico was selected along with nine other cities to host the CfA program. The island competed against 50 other cities, landing one of the coveted spots. This selection...

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FCC Announces Plans To Increase Funding For Broadband In Schools

By Wil Payton

Schools are embracing digital devices as an integral part of their curriculums but limited broadband speeds are impeding many technology adoption plans. This week, Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the agency would overhaul the E-Rate program to implement President Obama’s plan to bring broadband Internet to essentially all American schools. This plan is outlined in the Connected Nation Policy Brief. E-Rate is a program to assist schools and libraries to obtain affordable Internet access. An article in The Hill highlighted Wheeler’s remarks on the approach the agency intends to take to transform the E-rate program....

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