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$36K Internet center opens in Gurabo

TRB President Sandra Torres (left) and Gov. Fortuño (white shirt) lean over a Gurabo resident using the center's computers. (Credit: La Fortaleza)

The Telecommunications Regulatory Board recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art $36,000 Internet center in Gurabo, the fifth town to have such a facility designed to continue bridging the digital divide in rural areas.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony held earlier this week, Gov. Luis Fortuño accompanied TRB President Sandra Torres in a walk-through of the facilities located in the town’s Cultural Development and Fine Arts Center. Town residents can visit the center for free Internet access, she said.

“Gurabo is the fifth municipality to have a center fully equipped with the latest wireless technology that seeks to promote access to knowledge networks and the use of technology to improve the quality of life and personal and the professional development of the residents,” Torres said.

The new facilities will serve more than 45,000 area residents, who will have access to 10 computers and related equipment. The center also has a designated area for the administrator, who will be responsible for safeguarding the equipment and help users who may not be completely familiar with computers. The computers are equipped with filters to block access to pornography or allow the improper use of social networks, Torres added.

“The modern facilities have security cameras to ensure the permanence and sharpness of the equipment. It is totally free and will have a flexible schedule for the convenience of the town residents,” Torres said.

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