Following the government’s promise to establish a free internet center in each municipality, Telecommunications Regulatory Board President Sandra Torres inaugurated Thursday new facilities that will offer free Internet access to more than 2,200 Juana Díaz residents.
The $35,000 investment paid for 12 computers, software licenses, furniture and security cameras that monitor the center to “keep it in good condition and vandals away,” she said.
Establishing municipal Internet centers responds to the goal of assisting economically challenged communities to have greater access, convenience and agility through the use of the computer and the telecom highway, as do citizens living in urban areas, Torres noted.
“With this center equipped with the latest wireless technology … we benefit students, youth, parents, and anyone who needs to make good use of these brand new computers,” the TRB chief said, adding the technology used in this center will generate a 90 percent saving on the cost of maintenance and 70 percent energy savings in keeping with the government’s mission to “go green.”
The opening of this center puts island closer to the ideal of making Puerto Rico a technologically advanced jurisdiction.
“The equipment was set up in this neighborhood because residents … are far from other areas of greater access to the Internet and we want that they too can avail themselves of these services,” said Torres, said of the center located in the Callabo sector of Juana Díaz.
“In a pleasant and safe environment, that is air conditioned and absolutely free, students can surf the Internet for homework, young people can access information relevant to employment or college and those who want to process a government document may also do so,” the civil servant said.
The Juana Díaz center is the sixth such facility inaugurated over the past three years.