Claro extends broadband to 8 new sectors in Yauco

From left: Claro President Enrique Ortiz de Montellano and Yauco Mayor Abel Nazario, during a Monday news conference. From left: Claro President Enrique Ortiz de Montellano and Yauco Mayor Abel Nazario, during a Monday news conference.

Telecommunications company Claro announced Monday it has extended broadband services to eight sectors in the town of Yauco, where a combined 965 families will have access to the benefits associated with high-speed Internet.

The sectors of Algarrobo, Caimito, Collores, Rancheras, Cotuy, Diego Hernández, Aguas Blancas, Naranjo and Carrizales in Yauco join the initiative being bankrolled by the Federal Communications Commission to boost rich broadband across regions. The agency assigned Claro $31.5 million through the Connect America Fund to deploy and participate in the Broadband Adoption Lifeline Pilot Program.

“Since early last year, we’ve worked with the FCC on the Connect America Fund project, which pursues creating economic and social development opportunities in rural areas through access to next-generation broadband services,” said Claro President Enrique Ortiz de Montellano. “It’s an honor for our company to have been chosen by the FCC to connect more than 400,000 homes, including families in the different sectors of Yauco.”

“This is an investment by the federal government and Claro that gives low-income families the chance to easily access the Internet at very reasonable costs,” said Yauco Mayor Abel Nazario.

Yauco joins a list of 24 other municipalities that have already benefited from the program.

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