TRB opens free Internet center in Caguas

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TRB President Sandra Torres (standing at center) and Caguas Deputy Mayor Lydia E. Denizard-Rivera (right) look on as students "break in" the new equipment at the Caguas Internet center.

TRB President Sandra Torres (standing at center) and Caguas Deputy Mayor Lydia E. Denizard-Rivera (right) look on as students “break in” the new equipment at the Caguas Internet center.

In an effort to promote education and foster technological advancement for residents of the Municipality of Caguas, the Telecommunications Regulatory Board and the municipal government officially opened Wednesday the town’s first community center with free Internet access.

The center located in the town’s Los Panes sector is outfitted with 12 computers enabled with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, among others, as well as Internet connection for participants to surf the web in a comfortable and easily accessible environment said TRB President Sandra Torres, who was on hand for the inauguration along with Caguas Deputy Mayor Lydia E. Denizard-Rivera.

“Today we make sure that the good people of in Caguas stay ahead as far as technology is concerned. With this center, which will benefit the entire town, we ensure that beyond having a center to connect to the Internet, our students have a place to do assignments and learn,” said Torres. “Also, a space where people can learn and keep current on new technologies to communicate with their families despite the distance.”

The TRB invested $44,000 to open the center, in which the municipality will offer computer workshops and educational consulting so the less skilled in the use of computers can learn and make good use of technology. In addition, the center has a reading room and a library. The center is equipped with a multi-functional printer and a study area and will be guarded by security cameras.

This is the first Internet center the TRB opens this year, after spending the better part of 2012 wiring up centers and public squares in 14 island towns. The agency set aside $3 million for the project.

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