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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hackers Providing Valuable Expertise

By Wil Payton

Puerto Rico’s hacker community has developed several solutions over the past year to increase the effectiveness of government agencies and enhance the quality of service provided to citizens. This year it is anticipated that more applications will be developed as part of the second edition of the Tech Summit, which will be held on June 4 in San Juan. This event will provide the opportunity for programmers to develop technical solutions that make agencies simply work better. Additionally, local and international technology officers will be present to provide valuable input at this government-sponsored event. Below is an excerpt from a News is...

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DirecTV Unveils New Puerto Rico Headquarters

By Wil Payton

After announcing its merger with AT&T, DirecTV has moved into a $5 million headquarters in Hato Rey. The firm is anticipating continuous growth in the market and has several initiatives in the works including establishing a new warehouse and distribution center in Trujillo Alto. Below is an excerpt from a News is My Business article on this development: The relocation process — which coincides with the company’s 15th anniversary in Puerto Rico — began in September and is about 90 percent complete, company officials said. Meanwhile, the new 32,000 square foot equipment distribution center in Trujillo Alto was also recently inaugurated,...

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San Juan Will Soon Have Ultrafast Internet Service

By Wil Payton

Puerto Rico is investing $17 million to create a “Gigabyte Community” in San Juan. The project, which is scheduled to start in July, is designed to attract creative and tech enterprises as part of the capital’s revitalization efforts. Below is an excerpt from a Latino.foxnews.com article on this development: The project is similar to the Google Fiber Initiative, an experimental broadband network in the Midwestern U.S. city that offered speeds of one gigabit per second, allowing information to travel between 50 and 200 times faster than the standard on the island and more reliably. "Who has not heard about what Google did in Kansas City when...

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Libraries: A Critical Community Technology Resource

By Wil Payton

The digital era has transformed the role and challenged the capabilities of libraries across the country as they strive to meet the technological needs of community residents. Last month, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) held the public hearing, “Libraries and Broadband: Urgency and Impact,” in Washington, D.C. IMLS advises the President and Congress about the library, museum, and information service needs of the American public. The hearing was designed to establish a pubic record on the impact of and necessity for high-speed broadband in the nation’s 123,000 school, public, research, and academic libraries. Connect...

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