Subsidized High-Speed Internet Service Launched In Puerto Rico

By Wil Payton

Photo of Claro PresidentClaro Puerto Rico has launched a subsidized broadband Internet service for low-income customers as a participant in a pilot program initiated by the Federal Communications Commission last year.

The FCC established the Broadband Adoption Lifeline Pilot Program with the goal of providing broadband Internet to households that lack the service.  Claro received $2.5 million under the program to address the affordability challenges that perpetuate the digital divide in Puerto Rico.

Below is an excerpt from a News Is My Business article chronicling developments in the launch:

In December 2012, the FCC announced it had included three Puerto Rico telecom providers in a nationwide pilot program that seeks to increase broadband adoption and retention among low-income consumers. Open Mobile, T-Mobile and Claro were among 14 carriers selected to roll out the initiatives in their jurisdictions, getting a little more than $4.1 million combined to launch their projects this year.

Customers will be eligible to take part in the pilot project if they are enrolled in a government assistance program, either local or federal, namely the Nutritional Assistance Program, Section 8, Medicaid and the National School Lunch program, among others.

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