Telecommunications provider Claro announced Monday that some 592 residents of the Jobos, Palmas and Pueblito del Carmen sectors of the southern town of Guayama will now have access to broadband and all of the services associated with the technology.
The infrastructure was delivered to the areas through the Federal Communications Commission’s Broadband Adoption Lifelines Pilot Program, which seeks to extend robust broadband services among all communities, especially low-income sectors.
“Our company continues to work so that more citizens are able to enjoy next-generation Internet service,” said Enrique Ortiz de Montellano, president of Claro. “This time we’re pleased to reach Guayama. Thanks to the trust placed on our company by the FCC, through the completion of this project we will will have delivered high speed Internet led to more than 40,000 homes.”
Last year, the FCC granted Claro $31.5 million through the Connect America Fund to facilitate broadband growth in Puerto Rico. So far, more than 50 sectors in 26 towns have benefited, he said.
“We’re thankful, and publicly acknowledge Claro, its president, and the FCC for making it possible for many homes in our town to gain access to high-speed Internet, which certainly represents a great technological leap forward and an educational tool for our people,” said Guayama Mayor Eduardo Cintrón-Suárez.
Eligible low-income families have the option of applying for Universal Service Fund benefits to get discounts on their monthly telecom bills.